Hope is the wild ride between peace and fear.

I wrote “hope is the wild ride between peace and fear,” in a sketchbook-journal about 18 years ago. I’d just used the last of our gas money for that month to get to a woodsy waterfront retreat where we’d spend three days with other Quaker families, and I was more than a little stressed about taking time away from my business. My now-adult daughter was off being a happy fireball of a preschooler. The sun was starting to go down, my back was aching and I sat on our cabin steps and told myself to relax and listen and be open.

I started to draw the late afternoon sky. Though the air was very still nearby, the clouds on the horizon were moving and building. I paused, enjoying the sound of children’s laughter floating through the trees, and these words came to me: hope is the wild ride between peace and fear.

The sensation was as if an angel had laid a hand on my heart.

Now, I’m not much for humans laying down absolutes about what exists or not in the metaphysical or the hereafter or any form of great beyond – I try to leave that to whatever exists more over there, not to those of us who live in the physical here and now. However, I also don’t hold with looking a gift horse in the mouth.

I wrote it down and waited for more, or not more. Just being there was almost enough.

Hope is the wild ride between peace and fear

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9 Responses to “Hope is the wild ride between peace and fear.”

  1. Keli Says:

    Great post…only a little disappointed not to hear more of the story of the trip to and during the weekend at the woodsy waterfront retreat :))

  2. admin Says:

    Keli, if I don’t get too shy, I have another to share tomorrow. šŸ™‚

    Thank you!

  3. On a limb with Claudia Says:

    I love this – I love that you share the significance of the quote – why it means something to you! Thanks! šŸ™‚

  4. Devyl Says:

    I think this is beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Lord Matt Says:

    It is indeed a very good quote. I’m liking the variety I’m starting to see here. I can tell that doing a review will be good fun.

  6. PABlo Says:

    It is bee-yoo-tee-full! I’m glad I saw this link from Plurk, ’cause you have really delivered with these words and what they express.

  7. geoWIZard Says:

    The thoughts you share invoke images of riding out a Western Pacific typhoon aboard a 1939 vintage wild & untamed fast fleet oiler (USS Cimmaron) during mid-1967 … I assume PEACE includes peace of mind?

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  9. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    So glad you felt comforted when you needed comfort.