Like a crystal chandelier in the palm of a gentle hand rests Hope.

She rises like the joyous expectation of a new mother,

Like a budding seedling in the spring;

 with the dream of better tomorrows.

Hope is fragile,

fraught with yesterday’s disappointments

Suspended like a chandelier on a mere silver thread.

 When Hope is crushed

Glass shards remain

piercing the skin, blood reminders of pain; pain and sorrow.



Hope rises,

on the wings of a dawn


believing for a better tomorrow.

Dec’ 2013

More posts to encourage and inspire:

Take Courage

Celebrating Today

Rose Petals

Rest, rejuvenation and recover


Lady Beautiful

~It is time to rest

Rose petals, lavender, cinnamon sugar, bubble bath.

 What is it about rose petals that invite us to feel their softness and linger in their fragrance?

Fields of lavender evoke feelings of calm and tranquility.

Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for some bring memories of baking days and satisfied tummies.

Bubble bath relaxes and calms.

We each have our escape, our retreat and time to recoup.

 At the end of a harrowing day what do you reach for? Do you escape in a movie or book? Do you reach for a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate? Do you shut the door and rest in solitude or invite friends to party?

 ~Take time to rest









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Recharge with Joy


Deep, soul-settling Joy

What is this that you speak of?

Where does it come from?

By what name may I find it?

Joy, my Friend, is not for sale.

For the value of real joy

far supersedes that which money can buy.

Joy comes with contentment.

Joy is a friend to Peace and Forgiveness.
Joy is not alone.

Joy is encircled with Love and lies with Peace.

Joy will find you, when your heart is at rest.

Joy will find you when you are at peace with your God, with fellow-man and with yourself.

Joy will be your strength and energy.

Find Peace, Find Joy, my friend.

-Recharge –



Helen Roome writes a practical post on ways to find and grow your courage in  Finding your Courage“.

Rising with the first light of the dawn is New Day.

She calls my name and gently rouses me from my deep rest.sunrise-3

Arrayed in splendour, a majestic sheath of brilliance and light.

Bold, Vibrant and Alive.

She carries newness and a dare.

A Challenge.

She writes her perspective in the skies and paints hope on the horizon.

“You can”, she declares.

“You will”, she announces.

Hope, calls my name.

Challenge accepted.

Soaring on the wings of change

I fly

Despair falls to a dismal demise.

Courage takes to the skies.


What takes us educators, from the dust of disappointment to the startling structures of success?

Disappoint is “to fail to fulfill the expectations, hopes, desires or standards. To let down.”                                                                                           www.dictionary.com

Disappointment can be overcome, it must be overcome.

Building a termite mound is a rite in defeating disappointment.

Termite Mound Trevs photo

“Termite mounds can take four to five years to build, but a really heavy downpour might cause a third of the mound to collapse.”

Hope and hard work may be crushed with a heavy downpour.

Demotivated and disheartened replace the humour and hope which characterized our hard work.

Rebuilding is a daunting prospect.

The investment into the project is left voiceless, empty and formless.




Out of the empty sand and a scurrying of tiny feet, a structure emerges once more. With the force of the colony behind and before; these tiny termites move with superpowers and a prowess befitting their startling feat.

What takes us, from the dust of disappointment to the startling structures of success?


With thanks to Lisa Margonelli, for National Geographic for her informative article on the termites.