How to receive the next alive thing.

Via Writing Our Way Home
on Jan 18, 2012
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Yesterday the world was wrapped in a sparkling sheen of white. This morning it’s warm enough to sit in our conservatory (wearing thick pyjamas & a very woolly dressing gown).

As I look up, I see our wedding bouquet from last June, hanging from a pole across the roof. Tan poppy seed heads, eucalyptus transformed from blue-green to pale copper, crinkled roses. It’s beautiful in its own way.

But it isn’t alive. When I carried it down the aisle, it smelled gorgeous. The petals were as soft as a baby’s skin. It radiated life.

We want to hold on to things that are alive. They are so delicious. We want to keep them, we want to force them to last forever.

They won’t. In this life we need to keep letting go, over and over. We need to empty our hands, so we can receive the next alive thing.

This kitten, purring on my lap. This cup of hot tea. This warm hand of my husband, as he comes to find me.


You can see more of our photos here, and do like our page while you’re there if you’d like quotes about writing and life to appear in your stream. And read (& hear me reading) ‘This Morning’, a wonderful poem by my friend Esther Morgan, talking about the same thing.


About Writing Our Way Home

Kaspa & Fiona’s eyes met across a crowded room in 2010. They decided to: a) get married & spend their rest of our lives together, & b) pool their passions & talents to give birth to Writing Our Way Home. Their mission of helping people to connect with the world through writing. They offer a smorgasbord of writing e-courses, & run a thriving community. Read more about their mindful writing practice, small stones, and meet Lorrie in Fiona’s free ebook. / Fiona is a published novelist, therapist, creativity coach, & is very fond of earl grey and home-made cake. Kaspa is a Buddhist priest, writer, therapist, drama enthusiast, & is still learning to play the ukulele.


One Response to “How to receive the next alive thing.”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Encouraging. Thank you!