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.
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.
I loved that picture so much that I taped it to the side of a wardrobe in my parents’ guest room. That was four years ago.
Facing the bed, this picture is the first thing I see when the gentle song of a robin wakes me up each morning and the last thing before I close my eyes at night.
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.