The thing with feathers sings – my 2019

I have chosen this word as my ‘theme’ for 2019. Thank you 2018 for breaking open cages.

“Hope” Is The Thing With Feathers is one of the best known of Emily Dickinson’s poems. An extended metaphor, it likens the concept of hope to a bird that is permanently perched in the soul of every human. There it sings, never stopping in its quest to offer encouragement and inspiration.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314)

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)

 

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Holiyaya

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The world “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium meaning ‘Sun stands still’.

The winter solstice essentially signals the end of the year, making it a natural time to look back and see how far you’ve come in the last 12 months. But, not only should you celebrate how much you’ve changed and developed in that time, but you should then look ahead and see where you ought to go in the year to come.

 

Solstice reflections: Pause and celebrate your personal progress. Then set your sights on your next goal!

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Holiday Cheer

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The Way and it’s Power

Taoist values in steeply descending order: the Way and its power; goodness (humane feeling); righteousness (morality); and — a very distant last — obedience (law and order). The word I render as “opinion” can be read as “knowing too soon”: the mind obeying orders, judging before the evidence is in, closed to fruitful perception and learning.

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Who knows

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Perdictable

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