This week Awesome Stories brings you super blooms, passion, poetry, and the art of blessing.
The deserts in the southwest of the country are exploding in wildflowers with what is called a super bloom. The area has received lots of rain this year and seeds that have lain dormant for years are coming alive with a dazzlingly display of color and blossoms. I’ve always wanted to see this in person. Meanwhile, I’ll take joy in this beautiful collection of photos from DesertUSA. If you’re a flower fan like me, I know you’ll enjoy them!
The Zen of Poetry
Maria Popova from brainpickings.org explores the many paradoxes of poetry. It seems to be a meeting place of effort and letting go, attention and allowing, being and doing; merging our inner world with the outer world in a dance of words attempting to describe things that lie beyond words and what we can see with our eyes and senses. She references many wonderful examples of great poets and quotes about poetry. Poetry seems to be an illusive art, in which we strive to master our attention to life. Her musings make me want to go deeper into my poetry. 🙂
This is a fascinating article about a young man who went from prison to college graduate, now working as a drug and alcohol counselor. Martin Levya works with teens, convicts, and other people who are off track and may feel disempowered. As a Latino and ex-convict, he brings an authenticity to his role of counselor and facilitator. It’s clear he loves his work and feels grateful to be connecting with and helping the youth he serves. The agency he works for, AHA!, focuses on empowering and uplifting their clients, teaching them better life skills. He also talks about being authentic, bringing your whole self to your work, and working for social justice. Martin is an inspiring young man who reminds us to never give up on yourself or your dreams.
The Art of Blessing
It is impossible to bless and to judge at the same time. So hold …the desire to bless, for then shall you become a peacemaker, and one day you shall behold the very face of God. ~ Pierre Pradervand
Pierre Pradervand has been practicing the art of blessing others for over 25 years. It began after a difficult situation at work in which he had a falling out with his boss who gave him an ultimatum he couldn’t accept, so he quit. For a while, he was lost in bitterness and obsession, until he read a passage about blessing those who curse you. Thus began his daily practice of blessing others, particularly those who challenge us or are in pain. He has written books, started groups and spread the power of blessing to transform lives. I love his reminder that what is in your heart is more important than the words, and the core of blessing others is sincerity, intent, and perseverance.
May your challenges become blessings, Brad