Hello everyone, and welcome to my little corner of Rosebuds!

Have you ever read the small book The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho?  It is a story about a shepherd boy who learns to follow the omens that are presented in various forms in order to find and discover his life’s treasures.    Ever since I have read this I try very hard to pay attention to the omens that are presented to be to provide guidance for my own journey.

Last month I was reading a few books* (..and I am not sure about this habit of simultaneous book reading!), when  – lo and behold the same poem appeared in both books!.  The universe was clearly sending me a message!  I will share this message with you –

Love after Love

The time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror,

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here.  Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes,

Peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit.  Feast on your life.

-Derek Walcott-

If your response is anywhere close to mine these words may have let you enter a deep point of reflection of self acceptance.  (By the way, don’t forget to breathe!)

What a concept – welcome your self……….and feast on your life!!!  Now these are true treasures!

In Cheryl Richardson’s book The Unmistakable Touch of Grace (and yes, I did borrow from her for the title of these columns), she states that  “Grace” – the omens are all around us.  It is up to each of us to recognize them and take action to use them.   I am still learning to accept this, and the more I do, the more treasures appear for me on my journey.

If you are reading this,  perhaps it is too an omen for you.

Do you welcome your self?

Do you feast on your life?

Is it time to do so?

We welcome you to join us at TCNE where we are each learning to find our treasures with love, acceptance and support for ourselves and others.

(Oh yes,  Love After Love  appeared at the beginning of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and appears in John Bradshaw’s new book Reclaiming Virtue.)

Grace Stevens, Vice Chair, TCNE

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