Peace for the Journey…

When I begin thinking about writing a blog to talk about the issues, concerns and hopes involved in the transitions we as parents of new college students encounter, I didn’t anticipate it being an on-going posting of poetry.  I sense it won’t always be such, but the attentive voice of poets who have their pulse on both the heart and soul have much to say to those of us seeking to navigate the sometimes murky relational water with our daughters and sons.

So this round, I turn to one of the most grounded persons currently writing – Wendell Berry.  Author, essayist, poet, visionary, and dare I say prophet of what is right in the world and what is wrong.  His keen eye for the simple and profound, often serves to guide my Continue reading “Peace for the Journey…”

Peace for the Journey…

As you look to the rapidly approaching day of departure for the beginning of the Fall semester, there are – if you are paying attention to them – a host of feelings rising to the surface about all that this new beginning represents.

We each embark on any number of journeys in our lives, this one – the departure of your daughter or son to college – holds as much hope and excitement as it probably holds fear and concern.  I’d like to encourage you to take the words of Poet & Philosopher Mark Nepo to heart for both you and your daughter/son, because I believe Continue reading “Peace for the Journey…”

Peace for the Journey…

I’m an avid reader of poetry, grateful for the keen and eloquent insight of those among us gifted with “eyes to see” what isn’t quite so obvious to many of us.  My daughter left the other day to begin graduate school.  As I reflected on this path she has chosen, the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (below) came to mind.  The last few lines are fairly well known, but standing alone they feel out of context.

As humans, we each have a story about the roads we have chosen to take.  However, it is different when we watch our children make their choices – we want so much for them to avoid the loose rocks, the hidden snares.  Yet, as I look back on my own journey, I recognize that Continue reading “Peace for the Journey…”

Peace for the Journey…

I was in line at the grocery store recently, watching a mother of two small children trying to manage the competing tasks of finding her wallet and keeping the kids from pulling every sugar-filled item within arm’s reach into the cart.

It struck me that as we practice our awareness of transitioning the relationships with our children, we are in the process of launching them into the world from the very early days of their lives.  We progressively “let go” of them – however reluctantly – from early on: literally and figuratively releasing as they Continue reading “Peace for the Journey…”