Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Of Loving-Kindness and Gentle Hearts

I found this tucked among some other cross stitched items recently, no doubt placed there so that I would remember to add the little charm for the upcoming year. I first made this in 2020 and that is the only charm I've made for it. I have good intentions, other things just always seem to come first. I even had the thought to make sure it didn't get packed away with the Christmas decorations and still failed to get it done. But I decided that even without the charm it is lovely, and I found a place for it on the shelf in the family room. A new year is beginning, indeed.

It reminded of this lovely passage by Gladys Taber, and I want to share it here, with you. I hope you will enjoy it, and if you're fond of it you'll find a number of selections by Gladys, here. I highly recommend all of them. 

"What the new year will bring, we cannot know. I think of the year that has been folded away in time. There has been much good in it, although some sorrow; but there are always, in any year, many lovely memories and I shall cherish them.  If is not, for most of us, a pageant of splendor but is made up of many small things, rather like an old fashioned piecework quilt. No two people have the same, but we all have our own, whether it be listening to Beethoven's Fifth with a beloved friend or seeing a neighbor at the back door with a basket of white dahlias. Or after a long, hard day having the family say, "That was a good supper."

As the clock moves irrevocably from yesterday to today, I go out on the terrace and fill my heart with the intensity of the winter moonlight. This is the time when the heart is at peace and the spirit rests. I think of the words, "Be still and know that I am God." Far off a branch falls in the old orchard, and sometimes a plane goes overhead bound for a far destination. I wish the piot well in that cold sky, and hope the passengers come safely home. Silently I say, "Happy New Year to all of us, all over the turning earth. And may we make it a year of loving-kindness and gentle hearts."

- GLADYS TABER

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