On our tour of Ireland in September, we spent an afternoon at the Christian settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. It is in Glendalough, County Wickham, which is just south of Dublin. The remaining monastic buildings date back to the 12th-14th centuries and are still standing despite the best efforts of the Vikings and Normans.
It is a sacred place. I could feel it walking the grounds looking at the amazing stone work and untamed land.
Arriving back at the visitors’ center, I came upon this lovely bench – a place to sit and reflect. The fact that it was cut into the side of a hedge, in what I view as the shape of a heart, was a bonus.
As we approach the end of a year, it usually involves contemplation on our part. Are we going to kick the past year to the curb or mourn the loss of it? Are we dreaming of new resolutions or trying to deal with some regrets? Maybe a little of both?
However you are approaching the new year, please accept my best wishes for a healthy and happy 2017 and also a sincere thank you for being part of the blogging community. It takes all of us to make a connection – writers, readers, and those very special folks who leave comments that start a real conversation.
❤️ May your garden flourish, sewing machine hum, book be gripping, camp site be level, camera be ready, and the sun shine bright on your family and the love it shares. ❤️
If you want further inspiration, here are six little stories (author unknown).
Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.
On the day of prayer all the people gathered,
But only one boy came with an umbrella.
When you throw babies in the air,
They laugh because they know you will catch them.
Every night we go to bed
Without any assurance of being alive the next morning,
But still we set the alarms to wake up.
We plan big things for tomorrow
In spite of zero knowledge of the future.
We see the world suffering,
But still we get married and have children.
On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence.
‘I am not 80 years old
I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’
Check Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, December 29, post for other submissions.