Called to depth

May you never

sink under the weight

of those who tried to

tie you down

by the shore.

For you have been called

to the depth of the ocean

you have been called to more.

Morgan Harper Nichols

 

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Over rivers and valleys, mountains and plains

Over rivers and valleys
mountains and plains
over all you have lost
and all you have gained,
over all you have gathered
and all you let go
you have traveled at length
trough the wild of unknowns,
and through all that is changing
you can see you have grown.
You have walked in the Light
you have not been alone.
- Morgan Harper Nichols

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When you cannot see yourself in the future
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When you cannot see yourself in the future and you can’t imagine how something beautiful can come your way, you will still be okay. Even before everything falls into place. Start with today. Start with how to see yourself today. Start in the margins of this very minute…for within it, there are dozens of seconds you did not plan for but, you have already lived. You have effortlessly collapsed in and out of them, and already loss track of them, like a billion endless bright stars in the dead of night, you cannot count every second, but they are all a part of your life, as countless stars are suspended in the sky. Even when you have no idea what could possibly be down the road and you have absolutely no idea how the rest of this year will go, you still have this second, and just like that, you’re already on to the next one. So keep going, just like that. Things are not perfect, but you are moving right along. Morgan Harper Nichols

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original dm that inspired what’s above

(unedited, aka: there are probably typos)

Hi! It’s totally okay, I don’t think you are rambling at all. I don’t know you, but I know that by reading your words you’re in a place where it seems like everyone has everything figured out but you. that’s a hard place to be, as you try to navigate to find grounding in a world that seems to spin on without you.

But just know that even if everyone else does in fact, move a little faster than you or smile a little more than you do and you’re always the one in the other room…so close, but not quite there…if you have ever laughed, if you have ever felt hope, if you have ever had peace…it is absolutely possible to have that again.

Even if the last time you were entirely carefree was a child so long ago that you can barely remember it, that laughter is still a part of you. Things may never go back to the way they were before but that does not take away from the beautiful truth hat there is still more in store.

I know it probably doesn’t feel that way at times like this, but I just hope in this season you can be encouraged to hold on to any little bit of memory or any little bit of feeling that reminds you of the peace and joy that runs like a river through your ever-beating heart. Because…it’s still there. It might not feel like it on days like this, but water-Living is still running…even here, there is more coming. Even here, there’s more ahead.

And if by some chance, you can’t see yourself in the future…and you can’t possibly imagine how you might see anything beautiful down the road at all, it’s okay. It’s okay to start with how to see yourself today. It’s okay to start in the margins of this very minute…for within it, there are dozens of seconds you did not plan for but, you have already lived.

You have already effortlessly collapsed into them, and then, loss track of them, like a billion endless bright stars in the dead of night, you cannot count every second, but they are all a part of your life…as countless stars are a part of the sky.

Even when you have no idea what could possibly be down the road and you have absolutely no idea how the rest of this year will go…you still have this second, and just like that, you’re already on the the next one. So keep going, just like that. Things are not perfect, but you are moving right along.

—Morgan Harper Nichols

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may you never discredit how far you’ve come

may you never

discredit

how far

you have come,

for even here,

in the forest;

you are under

the sun.

in the thick

of the wild,

there is still

a way out,

and if you only

keep treading,

you will see

where you’re heading

is where

you are meant to be,

and it is worth it

to believe

all of this,

out here,

is a part

of the journey.


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Keep on being you. Keep on doing those beautiful, impactful, honest things you do.

Keep on
being you.
Keep on
doing
those
beautiful
impactful
honest
things
you do.
Out here
in this
crazy world
we need
more people
like you.
- Morgan Harper Nichols

Every word here was first direct-messaged to a young woman who is doing beautiful things in the world and  I wrote them in hopes to encourage her to keep going and to keep on making beautiful, impactful things. The world needs more people like her.

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Think about where you were last year

Think about where you were last year.

Think about the things

that used to worry you so much

that no longer consume your mind and time:

the relationship that wasn’t healthy,

the stress of what this year would be like,

the things you never thought

you would accomplish but did…

all of those things are worthy

of being grateful for,

and are beautiful reminders

that after everything that happened

you are going to be okay.

—Morgan Harper Nichols

 

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In the reckless gritty chaos of things, you are seen

Take heart. Take heart under white skies blue skies black skies, stare up at them all with hopeful eyes for many miles beneath them you are seen. In the reckless gritty chaos of things, you are seen. And not a moment of this day will go by without you being guided where you need to be. Morgan Harper Nichols

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Come running through the forest of your thoughts and collapse into the clearing of grac

Come running through the forest
of these thoughts
and collapse
into the clearing of grace.
Run through the wilderness
of who and what did not want you
and realize there is freedom for you
to still want better things.
It is okay to dream better dreams.
Even if what you lost
seemed to be everything.
Because the truth is,
you were always made for more.
You were always made to carry on
through the worst of things,
gathering all the strength you would need
to be who you are today.
Even when you were hurt along the way.
Even when you felt like a prisoner
in your very own mind, by grace,
you survived
and you still have permission
to roam free.
Roam free into the clearing.
Catch your breath.
Fall.
Rest.
Begin again.
You are allowed to do that.
You are allowed to want more
than these current feelings
and out in the clearing,
you are allowed to find healing.
—Morgan Harper Nichols

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This world will carry on, busy and rushed as ever

This world will carry on,
busy and rushed as ever,
and you may gather questions
that have no easy answers,
but may you never lose your wonder,
and the fire that burns deep:
to walk through crowded streets
and observe the most beautiful
and seemingly insignificant things.
–Morgan Harper Nichols

Words written for the girl looking who is learning more about the world and about herself in her college years and is looking for hope.

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