ember

ember

hope is an ember
that glows faintly in the hearth

its feeble flicker
signs of its struggle
before it subsides
into cold ash

lean close,
breathe on it
gently,
carefully

bring it
to life
again

Jodie McCarthy

What I am learning about breathing

What I am learning about breathing

I’ve been thinking a lot about breath of late. Of how vital it is and how much we take it for granted.

Maybe it is because I have started a weekly Tai Chi class that focuses so much on the exhale and inhale. Maybe it is because my constant phrase to my daughters when they get stressed or upset is, “Breathe”. Maybe it is because I find myself saying it when I text my friends, (I’m unsure whether it’s more a reminder for them or for me.)

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On my word for the year and why it’s taken me so long to tell you

On my word for the year and why it’s taken me so long to tell you

This is the post I have been putting off writing. This is the post I have found every possible reason to delay. This is the post that makes laundry look appealing and Facebook scrolling imperative.

This is the post where I tell you my word for the year.

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