If Only I Had Known Then What I Glimpse Now

If only I had known then, what I glimpse now:

The depth of pain that people can bear.

The interrelatedness of all life.

The ability of the human spirit to know connection.

The potential of kindness.

The joy inherent in beauty.

The compelling human need for meaning.

The value of silence, stillness, and solitude.

The possibility of place.

The orienting nature of paradox.

The contentment of self-acceptance.

The transformative power of truth.

The unrelenting strength of hope’s current.

The destructiveness of control myths.

The potential of ritual transformation.

The importance of release.

The abiding nature of one’s purpose.

The unremitting invitation extended by Grace.

Ceiling of Burgos Cathedral in Spain photographed by Jill K H Geoffrion
Poem and photo by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion