A Blessing for the New Year by John O’Donahue

I am so deeply immersed in working on projects for my new book that I am rarely blogging these days,

but I do have a couple of things that I wanted to share with you….

The first is a pic that I just love… it’s me, dancing with our sweet grandbaby a few weeks ago, while Jim’s trio was playing.

I love how Jim is peeking over my shoulder!

copyright Clancy Harder

The second thing that  I really wanted to share with you is this poem by John O’Donohue…

It expresses my feelings so perfectly!

May you have days and nights that are beautiful, happy and blessed!

A Blessing for the New Year

by John O’Donohue from

‘To Bless the Space Between Us”

On the day when

The weight deadens

On your shoulders

And you stumble,

May the clay dance

To balance you.

And when your eyes

Freeze behind

The gray window

And the ghost of loss gets into you,

May a flock of colors,

Indigo, red, green

and azure blue,

Come to awaken in you

A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays

In the curragh of thought

And a stain of ocean

Blackens beneath you,

May there come across the waters

A path of yellow moonlight

To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

May the clarity of light be yours,

May the fluency of the ocean be yours,

May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And, so may a slow

Wind work these words

Of love around you,

An invisible cloak

To mind your life.



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7 responses to “A Blessing for the New Year by John O’Donahue

  1. Wendy

    Your love for your grandbaby comes through in your smile. And the poem is truly beautiful.


  2. Hi We ndy
    Yes, I adore him. He makes my heart feel like a lotus blossom! And, I love John O’Donohue’s work- I’ve requested ‘Blessing the space between us’ as a Christmas present! 🙂


  3. Alice

    What a lovely photo of you and hubby and and your adorable Grandson. Treasure these moments, they are priceless.
    Love the poem.


  4. Thank you so much, Alice!
    I do indeed, treasure every moment and I feel very blessed!
    Wishing you joy in all that you celebrate, and a wonderful new year! 🙂


  5. Lynn in Tucson

    What a lovely poem. Close friends experienced a tragic loss recently and I think this would make a beautiful gift.


  6. Lynn in Tucson

    Thank you! I hope so as well.


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