A Blessing and the Joy of Belonging

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 7:00 pm

A Blessing and the Joy of Belonging

Every August at this time of year, we close down our studios on Loring Park for two weeks and let everyone on staff take a joint holiday. It’s an utterly freeing experience to know that each one of our team members can fully unplug and not feel guilty about leaving their tasks to someone else. So, after our first few days away, I leave you with a brief letter and excerpts from three selected poems to see you through the week…

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“Beannacht” by John O’Donohue

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

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“Alive” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Dear Dog Behind the Fence, you
really need
to calm down now. You have been
barking every time
I walk to the compost for two years
and I have not robbed your house.
Relax.

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“The House of Belonging” by David Whyte

I awoke
this morning
in the gold light
turning this way
and that

thinking for
a moment
it was one
day
like any other.

As always, thank you for the kind and generous feedback. Please feel free to contact me or anyone on our team.
May the wind always be at your back.
Trent

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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