Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not,and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad"-Henry W. Longfellow
Last week while watching the tragedy of the miners in Utah I began to think about how much life has changed in my 43 years on earth. Now instantly a tragedy can happen such as this and it is flashed before our eyes for days on the various cable news channels but how many of us including me stop to think about the people behind the scenes in these tragedies , all the families and friends whose lives are touched directly or indirectly and how it will continue to effect their lives for years down the road while for the rest of us it is just a footnote to our life, a blip on our radar.I know being a nurse I see so many familes who are just downright hateful at times and I try to understand that they are not usually like this .
I have started a practice of prayer however small it may be of "point of light" prayers .It goes like this when i hear of news stories,patients or just people having a hard time I pray for them in that instant and beam these prayers toward them . I know this isn't much but maybe in some small way it helps.I try to also do this with family members who I deal with in my work and also when I see emergency vehicles going to a incident. I am a firm believer in the fact that prayer is not only for church but in your everyday life.I feel life is full of "Sacred Ordinary" moments.
These times of prayer reaffirm to me the sacredness of everyday life.

The photo above symbolizes what I feel in the air right now "fall is coming soon".
Here is some linky love for you today:
French Word A Day
Gipsy Life-Please read her Aug.19 post -it really it home for me.
Zena Moon-her posts always make me stop and think
Blurb Book-it is a book you can submitt your blog posts too and they will print a book of your blog.Soule Mama has an example on her blog.

Here is also my haiku for this week for One Deep Breath:
Owl flys homeward,
Sunlight breaks the sky;
A new day dawning.


Kathleen Grace said...

I love your quote for the day. It seems it takes us most of our lives to really understand that sometimes people aren't really as we percieve them, but that they are only reacting to some unseen problem that we dont know about. It is a good thing to keep in mind when dealing with difficult people.

Brenda said...

Thanks for stopping by. i enjoyed your words for the day. I need that. I know in this line of work I deal with all kinds of people.thanks again,Brenda

Faye Pekas said...

Yes we do live in a beautiful state :)

Your photo today is sooo what I'm longing for. Fall... the end of summer.

I, too, believe prayer isn't only for church but I also know I don't pray as often as I should.

Tammy said...

There is power in prayer and many have been lifted up for these families. I pray our soldiers and the innocent killed in war on foreign soil are also receiving many prayers as the nation turns numb.

Beautiful haiku Yolanda! XXOO

Shelby said...

I love the quote too..

wishing you joy.. :)

Angela Marie said...

I do this too! I will start praying on the spot about what ever the situation is. I had to smile reading this Yolanda. I know exactly what you are talking about. My son would often ask me, "Mom, what are you thinking?" I would then tell him, "I am praying for ______."

I am sending your book off today!

tumblewords said...

Great post, photo and haiku! I, too, say a prayer for the recipient of each siren and for those who rescue. Fall will come soon to the PNW and I'll, as always, miss summer (no matter how hot and how long it was!).

Clare said...

I love your idea of "points of light prayers" -- this is really beautiful and the the image of light beams going to help people is incredible. Thank you for sharing this!! And your haiku is really lovely!

Kerstin said...

Hi Yolanda,

The 24/7 exposure to news from around the globe often has me reeling. I have a very strong imagination and empathetic nature, which is why I don't watch the news too often because I simply cannot take it all in without feeling the collective burden of suffering and pain. As an agnostic I don't pray but I do like the idea of stopping for a moment, paying attention and sending a thought. And then let go of it. Perhaps this is prayer but it doesn't really matter what you label it, does it?

Fall is my favorite time of year and after this hot summer I so look forward to it, especially here is New England.

Lovely Haiku!

And thank you for your kind words on my blog and the nod :)

Take care,

Leonie said...

A beautiful post and a lovely photo. I feel autumn (or the fall as you call it) in the air here too. Yesterday I heard and saw the first migratory geese flying overhead, what a beautiful sight that is and definitely confirms the summer is coming to an end.

Abdur Rahman said...

Peace Yolanda,

I found my way here via Tess' Anchors and Masts blog. I really like the quote at the beginning of this post. With your permission, I'd like to quote on my own blog.

Beautiful poetry too.

Peace be with you...

Abdur Rahman

Roswila said...

May a new day dawn with healing for all affected by the tragedy of the miners.

Your comment that prayer is also for our daily, minute to minute lives is very well taken. And I believe deeply that the love and caring we "beam" to others, even continents away and total strangers, has a positive effect.

dee dee girl said...

I keep telling my momma, Angela Marie, that Fall is in the Air. She doesn't seem to want to give in to me saying it. However, I too, feel it! Glad to know I'm not the only one.
I like your blog!