Dear Bright Soul:
Those demons and addictions do not define who you are.
They do not define you.
They only serve to sharpen your focus,
to teach you what is your heart’s desire.
In this place where you are recovering your spirit:
Don’t forget to breathe. All the way to your toes.
Put your roots deep and deeper still, into the earth.
Listen for the birds. Watch for wings.
Seek your waters. Drink lots and lots of water.
Cleansing water. Clear water.
Find your fire. Fan those coals.
Over and over and over again.
Keep making art of your life.
Be safe. Be strong. Be well.
I love you. Oh so much.
Walk in Beauty!
Blessing from My Students (two)
The best summer is right around the corner.
We are not sure about tomorrow,
so take on the challenges of today.
You never know what might come the next day.
We all deserve the best the world has to offer us.
May the Lord bless us to graduate.
May the force be with you!
May you never have a bad hair day.
May you always have a strong hair game.
May things work out for you.
May you not procrastinate.
May you follow the plan God has for you.
May you be happy in whatever you do.
May you live with love in your life for others to see.
May you wake up every day with a smile.
I hope you’ll step out into the world
with your shoulders back and your head up,
not giving in to the world’s stressors.
May you enjoy life.
Don’t worry about time.
May you never step on a Lego.
May all your stress fade away
and may your dreams become life.
Happiness shall start your day,
and peace shall start your night.
Never say things are impossible,
because God only puts you through things
that are possible to get through.
May trouble neglect you.
May angels protect you,
and heaven accept you.
God says: “We are in love always
if we never give up.
We are tough always
if life is tough.
We are different always
if life is always wonderful.”
May life offer you not so much challenge
that it knocks you down, but just enough
to make you know you are strong.
May you laugh a lot with friends.
May you find happiness in the little things.
May you live without regret.
May you remember to be unafraid of questions.
May you learn to dance in the rain.
And may you remember the stories they told you,
and be brave enough to write your own.
Like a tulip take root
and unfold in the light,
baring your colors to the world
like a tiny little sunrise.