With Saint Patrick’s Day looming around the corner, many of us are thinking Irish, especially those of us with an Irish heritage. There are many quotes and blessings from the Irish that are powerful when you meditate on their meaning and can help change your approach on daily life. I have several Irish quotes and blessings hanging around my cubicle and off my computer at work, which help keep me calm and stress free during a busy and hectic day. Here are a few meaningful blessings and quotations:
“May you enjoy the four greatest blessings:
Honest work to occupy you.
A hearty appetite to sustain you.
A good woman to love you.
And a wink from the God above.”
A lot of the time during a busy life we forget some of the blessings we take for granted daily. For example a good job, something to help pay the bills and put food on the table. With many people without work and struggling to make ends meet that simple line in that blessing helps remind me to appreciate the job that I currently hold. It may not be the most glamorous or what I expected to be doing with my life, but at least I have a job. “A hearty appetite” helps me see that a good appetite is a sign of good health and energy. The good woman to love you could mean being grateful for relationships, family and friendships. The wink from God above is simply enjoying the blessings He bestows on us whether we see them or not.
“Hunger is the best sauce”
This one I like a lot. Typically sauce on a dish makes it more savory and taste a lot better than if it had been bland and not seasoned. Hunger makes everything taste ten times better. This could also be looked at as hunger for something like an object or hunger for a person. Waiting for that thing or person and then finally getting it makes the satisfaction so much better. Hunger makes you appreciate the food or whatever you hunger for so much better. If you are hungering for a new job and that job finally comes after months of waiting, the success of obtaining that job is so much better than if you had waited a week.
“May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be towards us”
This one is fairly simple to see why it is meaningful. We always want good news and never want to have bad news. This blessing prays that the bad news will forever be away from us and we are always moving towards good things. Sometimes the bad news can essentially bring good news, and that is what I envision with this blessing. Dealing with the bad news and everything that comes with it, only to look up and see good news coming over the horizon. It tells me that while bad things do happen in life, there is always something good waiting to greet me like an old friend.
“Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad
Never forget to remember
The things that made you glad”
This blessing I think is one of the most meaningful and powerful blessings I have heard/read. This is something we all seem to struggle with: forgetting past hurts and sadness while looking at all the things that have been good and brought happiness. This blessing sitting on my desk reminds me to not look at all the bad things that have happened or the things that have made me cry out of sadness but to think and remember all that have made me smile or cry out of happiness. Which is better: living in hurt, or living in laughter? That is what this Irish blessing seems to be asking.
“May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty, may our ale never go musty”
How often have we had a friendship that just seemed to get old and you are barely in touch with the other person? When something gets rusty, it is normally from little use, just sitting there. Friendships are the same way. Ever try to get a rusty bike chain to move? How about talking to an old friend after months or years of not talking? They don’t work the same. Its slow to start again. Friendships are hard to rekindle once they have become rusty. We want our friendships to always be fresh like a good mug of ale!
“May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door”
This blessing is similar to the one about good news facing you and bad news being away from you. This one prays for fewer troubles and more blessings. The way I am seeing this blessing is reminding me that sometimes my troubles are blessings. That sometimes I need to focus on the blessings rather than the troubles and then maybe my door will be blessed with happiness rather than sadness and heartache. Sometimes blessings and happiness that comes through our doors are something that we can control and this blessing makes me think of that.
There is something to be said about paying attention to a blessing, proverb, or quote from any background not just an Irish one. The sayings I listed are ones that spoke to me and they can say something completely different for someone else. That is the beauty of such things. They speak volumes to different people and what they say may not always be the same. Sometimes we lose sight of the little things that can change the day around and little blessings and proverbs can be that little thing. I enjoy the Irish blessings partly because of my heritage but also because they speak louder than anything else. What do they say for you?