Emily Dickinson

The inspiration for just one robin came from a favorite poem by Emily Dickinson.

Part One: Life VI:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

While there is such a push in the online world to be “world-changers” on a grand scale, there are many of us who suspect the empty promise of such a call. Indeed, I am increasingly convinced that unless we are truly participating in our own inner healing we have nothing to offer another single person, let alone the whole world. And most often the robin needing help back to the nest is ourselves.

And restoring our true selves takes time, lots of it. I like to imagine that deliberate healing is like the old fashioned convalescence after a long illness where the patient might be sent to the seaside or the mountains to recover. Most of us cannot physically go away for extended periods but we can set up an “inner citadel” as Marcus Aurelius said inside our own souls.

In this space I will share what I believe to be universal wisdom on establishing inner peace. I am inspired by art, literature, nature, theology, psychology, and philosophy. I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian by faith tradition and I believe that beauty and truth can be found in many places and I draw water from wells that offer those things. These sources combined with daily life and my own lesser reflections and experiences are what my writing consists of.

Thank you so much for visiting this little corner of the online world. You and your time are valuable and so I am grateful.

May you find respite here.