Irish Blessings

Irish Blessings

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to Ireland with Saint Patrick’s Day. Irish blessings are a wonderful, uplifting way to celebrate that day. Ireland has always been known as a country of saints and scholars, so it is no surprise that they should also be known for blessings.

What is an Irish blessing? My definition is a wish for another’s good fortune. They are full of joy, but not prescriptive, by which I mean, you might say, “May your road be straight and sure in the year ahead,” but you cannot say, “May you learn to drive in a responsible manner.” Irish blessings look for the good in people, though they may be said in a humorous manner, such as one of the most famous sayings:

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour
Before the devil knows you’re dead.

It’s fun to write a blessing for a friend or family member. Just remember to keep it positive, and the more specific the better, such as “May you never be served coffee in a tiny cup, and may your coffee never grow cold.”

Or perhaps a more serious one: “May you be getting a fine education at college, but may you never be forgetting to enjoy life as well.”

Find a whole page of Irish blessings at: http://www.quotelady.com/subjects/IrishBlessings.html

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Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring

Spring – the time when we see the rebirth of the earth. Shoots poke up, trees bud, birds begin to return, bringing their songs to brighten our days.

Days get longer and it stays light later at night. Walking outside becomes a joy, rather than something you do for exercise. Easter reminds us of the new life coming, as spring festivals have reminded the human race of the fact for thousands of years.

For me, spring brings the urgency of gardening. I can’t wait to get those tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, peas, and cucumbers into the ground. Unfortunately, where I live, I can’t even really start any veggies inside for a couple more weeks. But that hasn’t stopped me from growing herbs and marigold in my back room with the lovely big south facing windows.

Spring is also a fertile time for poets and other writers – people who can, perhaps, say what is in our hearts, when we don’t have the words. Here are a few of my favorites.

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.–Ellis Peters

 If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change!–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

 It was a perfect spring afternoon, and the air was filled with vague, roving scents, as if the earth exhaled the sweetness of hidden flowers.–Ellen Glasgow

 Spring was running in a thin green flame over the valley.–Ellen Glasgow

 The beauty of nature insists on taking its time. Everything is prepared. Nothing is rushed. The rhythm of emergence is a gradual, slow beat; always inching its way forward, change remains faithful to itself until the new unfolds in the full confidence of true arrival. Because nothing is abrupt, the beginning of spring nearly always catches us unawares. It is there before we see it; and then we can look nowhere without seeing it.–John O’Donohue

You can find these and many other inspiring spring quotations at http://www.quotelady.com/subjects/spring.html.

So shrug off the winter doldrums. Get some seeds planted. Take a walk. Smile at your fellow human beings. Buy some Easter candy – just do something to celebrate spring!