A pause

(Image by activist street artist Lmnopi. To view more of her amazing work, click here.)

Amid all the hype and stress and overlapping political energies, I took time for an afternoon hike at L.A.’s Griffith Park.

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Life’s full of challenges.  If we maintain our calm center, they somehow seem less daunting.  Griffith Park is an oasis of peace in the midst of the busting metropolis.  Find your own “Griffith Park” in life—and give yourself time there regularly.  Here’s a thought from Emily Dickinson:

Hope is the Thing With Feathers
BY EMILY DICKINSON

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

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