by MARGE PIERCY
The most powerful tool.
I found the word "curse" was incongruous in this invitation to "bless whatever you can".
The word 'curse' brings to my mind
venom and vitriol; violence and vendetta; hatred and hurt.
If I "pick up a tool",
I want it to be an attentive heart, a grateful heart,
a humble heart, a courageous heart,
a listening ear, a clear mind,
that quells the indignation and wrath;
the fear and frustration,
and allows me to witness to LOVE.
When I am "ready to make it new",
I hope to be armed with a generosity of spirit;
forbearance and perseverance;
and a desire to engage in mutual charity.
The art of blessing is creative, not accursed.
It is nurturing and enabling and miraculous.
"Bless whatever you can"
including that we want to change.
For me, that is the most powerful tool.
I sewed across the bottom corners to make a flat surface
so that the doll could stand.
I cut out a heart and used a running stitch to attach it.
This figure is surrounded with blessings -
those she has received and those she gives.
Every moment of every day
our lives are enriched with blessings!