Hold On

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands 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.

Recently I've been scouring the internet and books for prayers that really speak to me. This is because I will be getting my very own set of custom made prayer beads soon (more on that in another post =D), and do not feel quite ready to write my own prayers yet. Throughout my search, I discovered the ones that moved me the most where the ones of Native American origins. Their culture and beliefs were so embedded within the land that they lived, you could almost taste, touch, smell the earth, the rivers and the sky which so often feature in their prayers. To me, they're also so direct, they pierce straight to the heart of the matter. I love this prayer, especially the first and last lines.

'Hold on to what is good,
Even if it is a handful of earth.'

What a beauftiful, strong sentiment. That despite all the hurt, pain, and darkness that we may feel permeates our lives, all it takes is to stop - kneel where you stand and touch the earth. Even something as simple and mundane as a handful of earth can remind us of the potential for life and hope in barren lands. This reminds me of one of my most favourite movie quotes, from The Lord of the Rings:

Sam: Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going… because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

(Samwise rocks my world =D).

'Hold on to my hand,
Even if some day I'll be gone away from you.'

This line really speaks to me, as someone who struggles sometimes to open up and be vulnerable. To me it means that despite any hurt that loss may cause, even the briefest times of happiness, love and peace are worth being hurt over. It reminds us to cherish what time we do have, to 'kiss the joy as it flies'. Again with a quote from one of my favourite songs of all time, Love Song by Pink:

'I'd rather bleed with cuts of love than live without any scars.'

(Pink also rocks my world =D).

And I don't know about you, but this last line also twists the focus of the prayer at the end. Throughout the prayer, is if I was saying it I'd say the words in it as a reminder to myself, of what's important, to remain strong. But the last line, if I read it out loud and said 'Even if some day I'll be gone away from you', it switches the focus outside of myself, as if reading it for another person. It suddenly reminds me of my place in all this in regards to other people. To not only ask for strength for myself, but for strength for others too, and to be their strength in times of need. I dunno, maybe I'm over analysing here, but it's what I see.

To me, this is a heartachingly simple, touching, strengthening prayer. I hope you like it as much as I do, I simply had to share it.

Question: What part of the prayer most speaks to you? Or how do you interpret parts of it/what does it remind you of or to be aware of?

Confession time!

Hiya everyone,

Yes, I am belated in my belated return, lol. I really wanted to continue with the Witches Pyramid series I had going on, but I hit serious problems with the 'To Dare' part. I reached nearly half way through the post but abondoned it in frustration. I wanted to talk about openness and the willingness to be vulnerable. To talk about daring to truly connect with others, despite our own fears of rejection and our emotional barriers. What this really highlighted for me that I was talking about something that I hadn't really gotten to grips with myself - I could talk the talk, but do I really walk the walk?

So I've abondoned it for now. Who knows, maybe in time and when I'm a little more daring myself, I can feel like I can share my ideas about it with you. But until then, I'd rather admit that I'm struggling with it and need to work through it still than pretend I've got it all figured out. Hope you all understand that.

Saying that, I have really enjoyed thinking about the Witches Pyramid. And I've been touched by the response I have gotten from the 'To Know' and 'To Will' posts, and glad that some of my musings have struck a chord with people =).

Well, now I've got that out of they way I can continue with posting without feeling like I have to force through the 'To Dare' post, so expect to see me a bit more frequently now, lol.

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