There are a few poets that I go to on a regular basis when I need some centering,
a reminder of the sacred or a deep breath.
David Whyte is one of those poets.
Everything is Waiting for You
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
– David Whyte
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press
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Words to tuck in your heart…
“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.
Awake 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.”
Posted in Grace, Life as Prayer, Shifts, So Much Goodness, Uncategorized | Tagged Adventure, Beginnings, John O'Donohue, Poetry, Spirit | 3 Comments »
I read this poem on Barnstorming the other day and knew that I had to pass it along. I adore the words of Robert Fulghum, but this seems particularly powerful for me lately as I have been thinking a lot about small town life and how powerful it can be to have a community that surrounds us and lifts us up regularly, often without even knowing it.
Without realizing it, we fill
important places in each others’ lives.
It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage,
the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. Good people who are always “there,”
who can be relied upon in small,
important ways. People who teach us,
bless us, encourage us, support us,
uplift us in the dailiness of life.
We never tell them.
I don’t know why, but we don’t.
And, of course, we fill that role ourselves. There are those who depend on us,
watch us, learn from us, take from us. And we never know.
You may never have proof of your importance,
but you are more important than you think.
There are always those who couldn’t do without you.
The rub is that you don’t always know who.
Posted in Uncategorized, Visible Love, Work in the World | Tagged Barnstorming, Community, Poetry, Robert Fulghum | 6 Comments »
The internet is full of little gems like this article down below.
I like to think of myself as a cultivator of gems, sifting through things, pulling out little shiny pieces of goodness cupped in my hands, offering pieces to others to admire, to turn over in their hands and hearts, and see if they want to take a piece of what I have offered into their own lives, to tuck a piece of it into their own hearts as I have done.
There are so many gems, so much to be discovered, remembered and shared. And in that spirit I offer this gem that I am tucking away to ponder as I move through this day.
In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh? How is your haal?
What is this haal that you inquire about? It is the transient state of one’s heart. In reality, we ask, “How is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?” When I ask, “How are you?” that is really what I want to know.
I am not asking how many items are on your to-do list, nor asking how many items are in your inbox. I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment. Tell me. Tell me your heart is joyous, tell me your heart is aching, tell me your heart is sad, tell me your heart craves a human touch. Examine your own heart, explore your soul, and then tell me something about your heart and your soul.
“The Disease of Being Busy” by Omid Safi
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“Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.”
These precious little ones that I love headed to back to the classroom, and along with the classroom and friends they make there there will be lots more people who have an influence on their lives.
Having went to the same elementary school as they are my prayer is that as many people who cared about me will care about them. I grew up knowing that the Principal knew my name, that I was welcomed to class with a huge hug, that the lunch ladies were always there to scoop up a smile in addition to the lunch fare.
This year I am committed to looking for the everyday heroes and making sure that I thank them, to remind them that their presence in my life matters.
Posted in Gifts, Ted Talks, Uncategorized, Work in the World | Tagged gratitude, Jarrett Krosoczka, Lunch Ladies, School Lunch Hero Day | Leave a Comment »
I write about silence a lot, it’s healing power, why we need more of it in our lives, ways to find silence in the midst of our hectic lives. But as with so many important truths, there is a paradox.
Silence is vitally important- but so is speaking out. As with so many things it is using discernment and wisdom to determine what the situation calls for. There is a time for silence and a time for speaking our truth, for using our voice and breaking the silence.
Watching Ted talks is one of my favorite pastimes. I always find something interesting and it helps to give me new ways of looking at things.
I recently watched this Ted Talk by Clint Smith who is a teacher and a slam poet. There were so many times where I wanted to stop the talk so I could write down some of his wisdom and to take a moment to let the wisdom sink in.
One of the things that struck me was this:
I have four core principles posted on the board that sits in the front of my class, which every student signs at the beginning of the year:
Tell your truth.
What a different world it would be if we followed those core principles.
The recent events in Ferguson and the ensuing discussion have reminded me that we all have different experiences, we all walk through lives with our own filters, our own perceptions of how the world is and should be. It has reminded me that silence about our experiences doesn’t serve anyone and that we have much to learn from each other.
I have determined that life is much better when I recognize my sphere of influence and begin with me, so in that spirit I will recommit to reading critically, writing consciously, speaking clearly, and telling my truth.
And one thing I can trust, beautiful things happen when you take risks.
Posted in Gifts, Silence, Ted Talks, Uncategorized | Tagged Clint Smith, Paradox, Silence, Slam Poetry, Ted Talk, Telling the Truth | 4 Comments »