Unbending by Kim Larocque

tree of lie

“In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

The wind picks up, and you find yourself wiping sand from your eyes. Looking ahead, a dark gray sky forming around the sunshine that was.

Bending down, to shield,
You notice leaves flying at your feet like crumpled dark feathers, endlessly passing between your legs.

You smell it in the air, a brewing of sorts.
You want to turn away, yet the sight is drawing you in.
The darkness
The crisis
The truth of what is.

Walking the other way is not an option. So you walk and become part of the clouds. disappearing, becoming, allowing it to surround you.

Then you stand, anchor yourself like a 50-year-old oak tree with its roots well established and meshed to the soil.

You know you can ride it out. You know your branches are tenacious. They have the strength of 100 women. Nothing can break you anymore.

So you stay, you wait, and you ride out the storm.

Audaciously, fiercely, and wisely.


“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
Paulo Coelho, Brida

Accepting Help is a Beautiful Thing


Gracious acceptance is an art – an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving…. Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.” ― Alexander McCall SmithLove Over Scotland

Have you ever held on to baggage to heavy to bear? Are there times when you feel/felt overwhelmed, not able to function, or scared? What did it take to let go of the heavy burdens you have placed on your shoulders? Sore, out of breath and stubborn? Continue reading


In The End, Only Kindness Matters

Photo by Pretty Petal Studio

Photo by Pretty Petal Studio

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” 
― Laozi

Accepting what I cannot change

Do you ever feel, after watching the news, that the world is a sad, ugly place, full of violence and no so trustworthy people? I know I do. For a few minutes or so after seeing death, destruction, and some politicians lie through their teeth, I feel a bid down, disgruntled even, and then anxious because I feel perhaps, helpless towards those suffering war and famine. I want to help! Continue reading

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