rests in silent presence.
With patience and acceptance
Rock allows its slow shaping by Mother Nature.
Rock endures human-made assaults with humility and grace.
Time and water smooth out Rock’s edges.
Meanwhile Rock grants
plants, animals, and humans support and shelter.
Rock knows its God-given role on planet Earth.
towers in presence.
With grace, patience, and acceptance
Tree bows to Mother Nature’s mood swings.
Tree provides oxygen, shade, protection, fruit, and beauty
in infinite abundance.
Tree’s root system is in constant interaction with comrades,
warns them in advance of danger.
Tree knows its God-given role on planet Earth.
flies, moves or swims in attentive presence.
With patience and humility,
Animal accepts Mother Nature’s constant game to change.
Animal adapts and looks for its opportunity to
ensure the survival of its own kind.
Animal considers other species in times of danger or lack.
In humbleness, Animal has accepted its fate of becoming prey.
In bountiful diversity,
displays unique beauty,
and provides nourishment for body and soul.
Animal knows its God-given role on planet Earth.
Do we know ours?
wake up every morning with a smile on your face.
A smile of gratitude for having been granted another day.
embrace each day and each individual with the innocence and curiosity of a newborn.
jump out of bed full of joy -- like a child who cannot wait to return to the playground of his life.
be able to unleash your passion on this playground. A playground that allows you to share your talents with others.
gain each day a little more consciousness.
come to realize that you encounter only those human beings who help you grow.
recognize yourself in the other.
take a deep breath before you react in painful situations.
forgive others when you believe that they mistreated you.
forgive yourself when you believe you have failed.
stand up for yourself when no one else does.
never lose the connection to your inner voice.
never give up following your heart.
be and remain your own best friend.
fall asleep every night with a smile on your face.
A smile of gratitude for knowing that
your very best
during each encounter.
all his health conditions. I am equally grateful for quality time spent with our daughter who has signed up for a gap year overseas, serving as nursing aide in an oncology clinic. As parents we couldn’t be prouder of her independence and tenacity in pursuing her dream.
Being able to spend my birthday with my father, husband, and daughter was a first, a true blessing. As I stated, an early Christmas gift.
Motionless, they rest on top of the duvet.
Slender hands with long fingers.
Not a sign of arthritic change in their bone structure.
Tendons and veins create a unique landscape underneath the pale skin.
Hundreds of minuscule wrinkles bring a lizard to mind.
Late sunshine has tinted the interior golden.
Birds rejoice. Wind has blown the thick veils of rain aside.
Everyone is back home, anticipating the meal that takes shape under my fingers.
I hear the sound of incoming mails on our cell phones. My husband opens his. His reaction betrays his usual reserve. Against his habit, he reads out loud what his brain tries to grasp:
“Via social media, an incident in the high school might have come to your attention … “
About the author
Anja Kerstin Kuentzel,
Advanced Grief Recovery Method specialist, nature lover, photographer, and bilingual wordsmith combines her passions to offer a different perspective on life that might inspire, raise awareness or even heal.