May the Road Rise to Meet You

Monday, July 11, 2016

Day 11 of #btbc16
Words that Speak to Me

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

     That is the first verse to an Irish blessing that my aunts have always sung at important family events.  They sang it at my wedding, and at my childrens' baptisms.  I can't even read the words without hearing their voices sing it.  The message behind it is one of hope and good will for others, and I think that is important for us as humans right now.  We should care about people and hope for them the simple blessings of life that God provides, like the sun and the wind and the rain.  We want people to be provided for with what the rain and sun provides, and well as the gentle wind helping us along the way.  Taking time to wish others success on their journey in life, no matter the journey they are about to embark, show a thoughtfulness that speaks to me.  We all have journeys we need to go on, and it gives me some peace to know that I can rise to the obstacles ahead, and that I am not traveling alone.  I just have to remember my aunts' sweet voices singing this to remember that.  

     Some other words that speak to me?  These are some of my favorite quotes.  They are all either displayed in my home, or my office at school.  One I even abbreviate and hashtag whenever I can.  #BeTheChange  


  1. Thanks for sharing the Irish Blessing. And I agree, we need it now more than ever. I love all your quotes! I think the joy of the journey is in the little things.

  2. The Irish Blessing is even more special because of the experiences you have shared with your family. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love that you can hear your family singing every time you write those words. What a special tradition your family has! :-)