Unfurl Yourself
August 7, 2011, 6:25 am
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“Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning,” this quote from a book by John O’Donohue is my favorite line of the blessing I share with you today. My husband, Scott, is one of the most grace centered men I have ever met. He is at the end of a fifteen month journey in pursuit of being board certified for hospital chaplaincy. He has pushed himself in a new direction, got on a very steep learning curve and embraced the journey. It has not been an easy adventure for our family as he was gone two-three days a week, traveling three hours over the mountains from our home in Bend to Corvallis. Juggling family, class load and working on call at weird hours for the hospital, Scott has amazed me with his fortitude.

As a part of his class work he was assigned the book “To Bless the Space Between Us” by John O’Donohue. It is a book of blessings. He found the one I am sharing with you today and read it to me when I was questioning the direction of my life. I wanted to write but was unsure what to do or how to go about it, let alone, if I was good enough for anyone to want to read my work. He showed by his example of taking on this new career that anything was possible. He believed in me, encouraged me, Scott gave me the ability to ‘unfurl’ myself and because of his love and grace, Kari’s Khaos was born.

May the words of this blessing touch you, encourage you and fill you with hope as you find your wings and learn to fly. May God bless the space between us and bring us closer together in the journey that we call life.

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside of you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plentitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.



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Kari, to say this blessing touched my soul is the infamous understatement. Your courage “to unfurl into the grace of beginning” is encouraging the ‘fraidy cat’ within me. Thanks for sharing — not only this blessing, but your Life. I’m your newest fan. 🙂

Comment by Jane

wow, what a way to start my day! Thank you so very much. I look forward to hearing where your unfurling takes you! Love and laughter, Kari

Comment by Kari

Thank you, Kari, for “unfurling” yourself. I am glad that Scott encouraged you to write. You have taught me that it is not only o.k. to be absolutely transparent with others, but how to embrace it and be real. Thank you! May God continue to bless, motivate, strengthen, and love on you as you unfurl yourself! Hugs!

Comment by Angi Clark

Angi, Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts. I am so thankful you are back on this side of our country and hopefully we can connect soon. Hugs back at ya

Comment by Kari

Nice picture Mommy 😛 I love reading your writing about our life. I love you and you have been doing an amazing job so far 🙂 ❤

Comment by Anonymous

Hey anonymous daughter! thanks for all your help and encouragement, I could not do it with out your support and love!

Comment by Kari

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