It always seemed to me that blessings and inspiration are something like two differently shaped and sized shirts, each of which was made from the same bolt of cloth. Thus it is that I have always been very partial to two well-known aphorisms; one a blessing and the other an inspiring direction.
The first of these is an ancient Irish blessing which, in addition to its best wishes, is also a true rendition of our eternal hopes for the best and simplest things to happen in our lives.
“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
The second is an inspirational commandment from that tower of American folklore, jurisprudence and executive power—Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln knew all the blessings and curses associated with worldly power, but he was enough of a self-made man to fully appreciate and value the need for journeyman levels of competence. And so he chose the simplest words to inspire us all. To wit: “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden