Archive for May, 2009

Words of Courage

 What might the “one true voice”
be saying to you?



The following is the last stanza of a longer poem by John O’Donohue.

from For Loneliness

Allow all your loneliness time
to dissolve the shell of dross
that had closed around you;
choose in this severe silence

to hear the one true voice
your rushed life fears;
cradle yourself like a child
learning to trust what emerges,
so that gradually

you may come to know
that deep in that black hole

you will find that blue flower
that holds the mystical light
which will illuminate in you

the glimmer of springtime.
—John O’Donohue 

These "Words of Courage" contibuted by Ann Faulkner, a CRNT facilitator.

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Awww, thanks!


If you have met me (Nate’),  you know that I LOVE the work I do for Courage & Renewal- North Texas.  I am also very fond of the the Images of Renewal and Words of Courage that are contributed monthly by our friends, Donna Bearden  and Ann Faulkner, respectively. 
And apparently, I am not the only one…

"…the "images of renewal" you send are so welcome.  They’re a bright spot in my e-mail."

"This was so completely beautiful! Thank you so much for the hope and courage you offer. I love your new messages….GREAT idea!"

"Thanks for this, Cindy. I love Wendell Berry, but I don’t recall having seen this before. I look forward to May’s words!"

" love it!"

"Thanks for the email. I have to say that I must have finally found my real work and come to my real journey because I am truly baffled.  I do continue to sing and embrace each new day…"

"Loved the previous mandala–it is up in a corner of my desktop, and this one will soon join it."

 Thank you for your kind words!   Please feel free to post your own words of courage or thoughts anytime, right here on our blog in the comments section below. 

All the Best,


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Images of Renewal



Aerodynamically the honey bee shouldn’t

be able to fly. 

That’s what they say. 

Big body.  Small wings.  Not at all designed for flying.

But they forgot to tell the honey bee.


In what areas of your life or work have others said you should not be able to fly, but you fly beautifully anyway?


Photo Mandala © Donna Bearden


These images and words are a monthly offering from Courage & Renewal- North Texas.  It is our hope that they will provide a moment of refreshment, of reflection, of renewal – and will enable you to live and work more whole heartedly.


For more information visit our website


"Reconnecting Who You Are With What You Do."

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