In the July issue of “The Sun'” there is a summary of several interviews with the psychologist, James Hillman, who died last year at the age of eighty-five of bone cancer. The article is wise . . . about aging, and other things too. The last paragraph affirms:
“Another thing that old people often report is enjoying the simple pleasures of the day, and the pleasure of the seasons, of seeing spring again, or snow. I’ve also noticed how enjoyable memories are. Reviewing our lives can be a pleasure. It isn’t just contrition and guilt and remorse and regret and so on. There’s a strange pleasure in going back over things. And it isn’t just that you go back over them, but they come back to you. you can’t believe it. Where did all this come from? They aren’t just memories, but scenes you can reenter and in them rediscover things you once lived.”
Here are few scenes we’ll reenter a time or two, I’m sure. Write to us here at wells of wellness if there is a scene you reenter . . . one you’d like to share with others to stimulate their surprise at “where did all this come from.”
Agnes O’Sullivan sent us this Irish blessing today . . . May it help you to reenter:
AN IRISH BLESSING.
May the Blessing of light be upon you,
Light on the outside,
Light on the inside.
With God’s sunlight shining on you,
May your heart glow with warmth,
like a turf fire that welcomes friends and
May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes,
like a candle in the window
welcoming the weary traveler.
May the blessing of God’s soft rain be on you
falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you
carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean,
sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God’s earth be on you,
and as you walk the roads,
May you always have a kind word
for those you meet.
May He watch over you and keep
you safe from harm.
May you understand the strength
and power of God,
In a thunderstorm in Winter,
And the quiet beauty of creation
in the calm of a Summer Sunset,
And may you come to realize that,
insignificant as you may seem
in this great Universe,
You are an important part of God’s Plan.
(Irish Prayer adapted by Phil Coulter.)