Posted by: ritagone | November 23, 2016

Anam Cara

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and yes, I’m cooking today to get ready for tomorrow!! So I wanted to do something appropriate and short for my Rita’s Ramblings post today, so I was giving this some thought. And then my Communitas friend Jonathan Steele posted this poem, and I asked to borrow it. He graciously agreed.

soul-friend         You know I love anything Irish, and this poem is no exception. In this season where emotions have been rubbed raw, where people have been rude to one another on so many levels, where civilities have been put on the back burner, this lovely little poem is something we should all read and take to heart.

So I wish those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving much love and respect and friendship tomorrow. And for those of you outside of the U.S. who don’t count this holiday as your own, I still wish you love and respect and friendship. Read the poem and make it your own, as I have done.




May you be blessed with a good friend.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to the place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness.

May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you.
May you be brought into real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging.

May you treasure your friend.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your Anam Cara (soul friend).
-John O’Donahue




  1. Beautiful, Rita. Thank you for including me among those with whom you share your “ramblings.”

    Enviado desde mi iPhone

    > El 23 nov 2016, a las 12:54, Home // Rita’s Ramblings escribió: > > >

  2. Wonderful blog and poem. Bob and I agree and wish the same for you. These will be busy and fun days. Jennie will have 27 tomorrow. Our dinner here with Bob’s family on Sunday was wonderful. Can’t wait to watch your Thanksgiving movie. Love Sue.

    Sent from my iPad


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