Sometimes, Sitting in Silence IS Taking Action


After a Destructive Encounter

Now that you have entered with an open heart
Into a complex and fragile situation,
Hoping with patience and respect
To tread softly over sore ground in order
That somewhere beneath the raw estrangement
Some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed
To release the grace for a new journey
Beyond repetition and judgment,
And have achieved nothing of that,
But emerged helpless, and with added hurt[,]

Withdraw for a while into your own tranquillity,
Loosen from your heart the new fester.
Free yourself of the wounded gaze
That is not yet able to see you.
Recognize your responsibility for the past.
Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.
Draw deep from your own dignity.
Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,

And take your time carefully,
Learning that there is a time for everything
And for healing too,
But that now is not that time . . . yet.

from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue.

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3 responses to “Sometimes, Sitting in Silence IS Taking Action

  1. This was so timely and such good advice for me today. I’m so glad I stopped by your blog and read this.

  2. Reblogged this on Pagan Devotionals.

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