John O'Donahue (1 January 1956 – 4 January 2008)
John O’Donahue (1 January 1956 – 4 January 2008)

“The question holds the lantern.”

This, from the late John O’Donohue, could in itself be a meditation, which I find to be the case with much of what he wrote.

But here is a bit more from The Question Holds the Lantern:

“When your soul awakens, you begin to truly inherit your life. You leave the kingdom of fake surfaces, repetitive talk and weary roles and slip deeper into the true adventure of who you are and who you are called to become. The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown. Yet we are afraid of the unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication and control. The normal way never leads home.

Read the full musing here, and here is the memorial web site of John O’Donohue to dip more deeply into the well of inspiration that Mr. O’Donohue left us.

Find additional inspiration (and more bits of wisdom from O’Donohue) in  “Drinking Alone at the Well of Wisdom,” and in The Wake-Up Juice “Embracing Uncertainty (and the Spirit of Creative Adventure).”

And if you feel shoe-horned into some pathetic, so-not-you pigeon-hole of ‘normal‘, here’s another perspective on why Aunt Frances said that ‘normal is not a virtue‘.  Click through to see what else she said about ‘normal’.

Happy Musing.