Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A toast to foolishness.

Back window, Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton

This wonderfully thought provoking blessing was posted on Pip's blog and I nicked it. When I read it this morning, I felt it spoke the message I was trying to convey in a more heavy handed way yesterday. I should print it off in big bold letters and post it in the loos throughout the office building........ hmmmmmmmmmm yes...........I think I will do that.

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers,
half truths and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart

May God bless you with anger
At injustice,
oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain,
rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor

I LOVE the foolishness part. I will take that to heart. Thank you Pip. So often I visit your blog and come away with smiling wonder which lasts all day long. It's like having a bit of you tucked into my heart.

Now......may I share something else that is equally uplifting? This song is on Springsteen's Live in Dublin CD which my loving husband gave to me last weekend. I LOVE IT! I have always loved the song and the message. However, this rendition blows me away. I dare you to sit still listening to this one. BTW? It is the best driving CD I have received in a while. Run don't walk to your nearest "tunes" site for the whole enchilada.

In the meantime...........listen to this!

Shine your light.........everyday, everyday, everyday..........and embrace your inner foolishness. It's what makes the difference in this big old goofy world.


Dustin said...


Hopefully you don't mind, but I'm going to to "steal" that blessing and post it on my blog :)

It's beautiful, and yet simple.

Awareness said...

Hi all means post away. I nicked it myself.

Tori said...

At lunch today I was talking with my boss about how I refuse to believe that you cannot operate a hugely successful business on the principals of kindness, authenticity, and good intention...
Yes...I believe that the saying 'business is business' is complete crap.
We all have the power to change our ways.
Individually and collectively that is a HUGE thing.

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

We all need inspiration, as well as reminders that *we* are inspiration!

Love the benediction for just that reason. Peace and love to you my inspiring friend. xx, JP/deb