So Glad.

Selah Director Emeritus,
Selah Center

Author’s note: While reading at a local coffee spot, I noticed an interactive woman, obviously known by many. Her gentleness among the hustle and bustle was noteworthy.  J.K.

Her face shines truth she cannot hide.

Her sightless world alive,

            vibrant with sounds, smells,

            tastes and touches.

“Mmmm…some choices are just tough.”

She awaits lunch with family

after her ear-cleaning outing

and she glows.

She is grateful.

She is every movement grace

among the sighted bustle and noise;

Murmurs to herself after a surprise greeting,

“Oh she is so sweet.”

She smiles toward the window where sunlight slips in

accenting the glint in her eye.

“I’m glad we came out today, so glad.”

As her son walks away to claim their order,

Her eager voice follows,

“Shall I take off my jacket?”


JOHN KIEMELE is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center. With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations. Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well. John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.