Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Finding Calm in a Fraught Time

by Kay Kendall
Originally I planned another subject for today's blog post. Then more and more things began hitting me. Not personally, you understand. The damaging stuff is happening out in my world, and yours too. But the last straw was the dreadful conflagration two days ago at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.
So when I saw this Pueblo Indian prayer on a friend's Facebook page, I was relieved when it brought some peace to my soul. Here it is. I hope it will also soothe you, just in case you need it as I did.
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold onto what you believe,
Even if it's a tree standing by itself.  
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone
Away from you.                                   

In the frantic lives too many of us in North America lead these days, it's hard not to feel pushed by modern priorities. But the wisdom of the ancients can still stand us in good stead. We should never forget what the beauty of nature, of a friendship, of a tiny perfect moment in time can bring us. And this prayer reminded me. I'm now breathing more deeply, and slower too. Of course I'll need to be reminded often. Thus the prayer is now pinned to the cork board that faces my PC.
Here's wishing you peace and a slower pace, y'all.

(To see more of this nature photography that helped cure a man's clinical depression, go here:
He writes, in line with the Pueblo prayer above, "Depression had stripped my life of its color but looking through a lens was slowly painting it back. Places and objects I once walked right past were now standing out to me....My life hasn't been the same since.")


Author Kay Kendall is passionate about historical mysteries.  She lives in Texas with her Canadian husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. Visit Kay at her website   or on Facebook 


  1. Thank you, Kay, for the prayer, the photo, your thoughts, and those of William Patino.

  2. Thank you, Kay. This is just what I needed today.

  3. I am glad that I decided to pass this Pueblo Indian prayer on then since sharing it helped at least two of you on Facebook. If you go to William Patino's website you will see larger photos of exceptional natural beauty that may inspire you to stop and look...really the beauties of our natural world.