A quote from John O’Donohue about stress



“We rush through our days in such stress and intensity, as if we were here to stay and the serious project of the world depended on us. We worry and grow anxious; we magnify trivia until they become important enough to control our lives. Yet all the time, we have forgotten that we are but temporary sojourners on the surface of a strange planet spinning slowly in the infinite night of the cosmos.”

John O’Donohue,

Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

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  1. Yes powerful words so beautifully encased in its true essence and who has come here to stay then why worry and have stress. Lovely poem.

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  2. So very true dear Kamal! Let us make our time here a positive and joyful time and focus each day on the good and the light. Much love back dear friend! ❤


  3. LindaP says:

    Why do we learn this lesson so late in our lives? We could have had more joy in our lives if we only realizes this sooner! Love the picture Amira! Love and hugs,Linda

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    1. I feel the same way… These are the lessons we should have in a manual to memorize since we are kids. However, it is precisely the other way around, we grow feeling we need to do more & better, strive, compete, feel so responsible at our jobs as if the whole world depended on it, feeling sick at the thought of “calling in sick” when we are truly ill, and feeling extreme guilt if anything goes wrong… and then when we can finally “retire” we are all broken… I think that the new generations are smarter in this sense… I hope so for their sake.


  4. Margaret says:

    Hi Amira,
    hope you are well . I am just ‘dipping in’ during my ‘blogging break’. John O’Donoghue has certainly got it in one with these words. My first introduction to John was when I bought a book of his ‘Anam Cara’ in a bookshop in Ireland when I was over for the funeral of my aunt about five years ago and later passed it on to a friend who is interested in celtic spirituality. Thank you for the memory

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    1. Hi dear Margaret! Thank you for your visit and your comment! I hope you are enjoying the summer months. I heard about that book, and always thought I would like to read it at some point! Thank you for reminding me about it! I really resonate with his words 🙂 ❤

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