The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. - William Blake
While out hiking near the Rio Grande Gorge this past weekend, a stunning bird flew by - a bird so blue, blue like the sky. When I sat at the end of the trail, I saw a bird of prey circle and soar near a cliff wall, and watched its shadow swooping in harmony with it. While I walked back along the path, I thought about the birds, and about birds' nests. And the quote above, as well as the blessing below, came to mind. The friendship nest - such an apt metaphor.
A Friendship Blessing, from “Anam Cara” - John O’Donohue
May you be blessed with good friends.May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you.
May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging.
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them;
May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth, and light that you need for your journey.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.