Blessing of Solitude

I found this lovely blessing by John O’Donohue on Soul Gatherings.

I asked if I could re-blog it, but I decided I’m going to borrow the words and find some photos to possibly enhance them just to put my spin on things.  Thanks for the inspiration, Theresa!

I think these words are very good for me to hear now.  I have several friends who have just sent children off to college.  I have just sent my son out the door to finish his senior year in the town we moved away from (after nearly 18 years — now we are nearly 3 hours away from him). Whether you are off on your own or the person left behind, hopefully these words will be a blessing to you!

A Blessing of Solitude
by John O’Donohue

photo by quirkyjazz aka Jill

May you recognize in your life the presence,
power and light of your soul.

photo by quirkyjazz aka Jill

May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you
intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
Ilica Beach (paradise!)

May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.


May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good, and eternal happening.


May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.

all photos above by quirkyjazz aka Jill; see creative commons notice

By candlelight


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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

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