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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Surprised by Inspiration

“Inspiration is always a surprising visitor.” – John O’Donohue

Born on this date in 1956, O’Donohue was an Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher, who died suddenly (and unexplainedly) in 2008.  Both an author and much sought-after speaker and teacher, particularly in the United States, O'Donohue left the priesthood in 2000 and devoted much of his energies to environmental activism.  One of his most-quoted sayings was the simple lines: “I would love to live like a river flows.  Carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”
A book of his essays, The Four Elements, was published            
in 2011 and provides an in-depth look at his beliefs and ideals.   “The way you look at things,” he said,  “is the most powerful force in shaping your life.”   
            For Saturday’s Poem, here is O’Donohue’s,

Your Soul Knows

Your soul knows
the geography of
your destiny.  Your
soul alone has the
map of your future,
therefore you can
trust this
indirect, oblique
side of yourself.  If
you do, it will
take you where you
need to go, but
more important
it will teach you a
kindness of rhythm
in your journey.

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