“…choose the door that opens to the inside.”

By Another Way

You have looked
at so many doors
with longing,
wondering if your life
lay on the other side.

For today,
choose the door
that opens
to the inside.

Travel the most ancient way of all:
the path that leads you
to the center
of your life.

No map
but the one
you make yourself.

No provision
but what you already carry
and the grace that comes
to those who walk
the pilgrim’s way.

Speak this blessing
as you set out
and watch how
your rhythm slows,
the cadence of the road
drawing you into the pace
that is your own.

Eat when hungry.
Rest when tired.
Listen to your dreaming.
Welcome detours
as doors deeper in.

Pray for protection.
Ask for the guidance you need.
Offer gladness
for the gifts that come
and then
let them go.

Do not expect
to return
by the same road.
Home is always
by another way
and you will know it
not by the light
that waits for you

but by the star
that blazes inside you
telling you
where you are
is holy
and you are welcome

by Jan Richardson

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    Callahan McDonough April 30, 2014 at

    Am re-reading this post and so love this poem. A reminder to me of a time many years ago that began that journey inside, a time of struggle that gratefully pushed me to grow, to actively choose my life and all it includes with Gratitude.
    & Yes, A reminder to never lose sight of that blazing star where I am welcome. thank you.


    Ronna Detrick May 1, 2014 at

    The struggle definitely pushes us to grow, doesn’t it? Hard to see/acknowledge/allow at the time, but in hindsight – yes – such gratitude. xo


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