Surrendering to the Serenity of the Sea


Even the strongest kings and the greatest preachers have been silenced

simply by observing the serenity of the sea, white caps

mesmerizing, and warriors have been left

weeping, as the sparkling sun captures

them in a warm embrace.

They surrendered.


Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

The Power of Reading


A Quote from the book, “The Way of Serenity”:

“Reading forces us to think, to grapple with ideas and concepts, and inevitably to examine our lives and choices. It challenges our minds and souls. To be spiritual means, in the first place, to recognize and pursue an interior dimension to being human. It means taking a step back to consider and reflect – on the present, the past, and the future.”

So what great book are you going to read today? And what great mysteries will you discover?


Quote from The Way of Serenity,

by Father Jonathan Morris, HarperOne Publishing

Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Vision


From the book the Way of Serenity:

“Changing the things we can requires not only courage but also vision. We need to have a sense not only of where we are but also of where we are going. When Michelangelo, one of the greatest sculptures of all time, stood before a huge block of marble, he didn’t just start chipping away with his chisel to see what would happen. He first would form an idea in his mind of what he wanted the sculpture to look like. He always had in his mind’s eye the final result he was looking for.”

Whether we are creating a work of art, or writing a story, we need to have at least an idea of where we want to go with it.

The same is true of us in our daily lives. Yes, we can be thrown off course, from sources beyond our control, but if we have a vision we can begin to chisel away at the marble covering the masterpiece of our lives.



Narrative and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Quote from The Way of Serenity,

by Father Jonathan Morris, HarperOne Publishers

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Way of Serenity


Perhaps you’re familiar with the Serenity Prayer, it seems to be all over the internet, on bookmarks, wall plaques etc. But there is a reason for this. It is non-specific and applies to many faiths. More than that, it hits us where we live. It’s real.

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

While I was on a break, I read a book entitled, The Way of Serenity, by Father Jonathan Morris. This book takes the Serenity Prayer, and shows us how we can survive the difficulties of our lives, by applying this prayer in practical ways.

Here’s a section from the book on gratitude:

“Gratitude occasionally comes naturally, especially when everything is going great in our lives. It’s relatively easy to be spontaneously thankful when the sun is shining on every corner of our existence. It’s another thing, however, to be thankful when things aren’t so wonderful. At any given moment of our lives, you and I have a choice. We have things in our lives that are good and pleasant, and other things that are rough and difficult. We can choose to focus on the rotten things or on the good and beautiful things. Depending on which we choose, we will tend to become either embittered and angry or grateful and happy.”

I love this book. I wish you peace.


Writing and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Book quote from The Way of Serenity,

by Father Jonathan Morris, HarperOne Publishing

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Fields of Gold


There is a softness and gentleness in this video, including in the cinematography, which I really enjoy. It has beautiful scenes of autumn, lakes, the harvest, and the serenity of nature. And I love how it shows people walking.  Add the wonderful music, and it becomes inspiring. Caroline Campbell plays the violin, and William Joseph is on the piano.

So whether you’ve been on the trails taking photographs, or in the city doing shopping today, kick back and enjoy just a few minutes of nature and the peace it can bring. And the ending is a wonderful way of saying goodnight. So goodnight, unless you’re in Asia, and in that case good morning!

Here’s a short poem:


It’s only in understanding the gold,

that we can appreciate the spring,

the heat of summer.

Autumn has a wonderful way,

of embracing us with softness,

preparing us,

for an even greater love.


Commentary and Poetry © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

music written by Sting, performed by Caroline Campbell, and William Joseph,  video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”