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A Good Day

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Good morning. Happy Monday. Happy busy, lots-to-do, didn’t-get-enough-done-this-weekend-or-enough-rest-either kind of morning. Welcome to another brief interval between sunrise and sunset. If you’re anything like me this morning, you could use a little perspective. A little reminder to be present, not to get too far ahead of yourself. A tidbit of encouragement and inspiration. A wake-up call, not to all the tasks and appointments that your day holds, but to the simple wonder and beauty of this day, this unrepeatable gift of a day. So I share with you this lovely short meditation, “A Good Day,” from Br. David Steindl-Rast. Get comfy, get your coffee or whatnot, take a deep breath, and receive the day.  

 

 

…and if you don’t have five minutes to reflect (which itself might merit some reflection), here’s a tidbit in the form of Mary Oliver’s poem “Mindful,” from Why I Wake Early. 

Every day

I see or hear

something

that more or less

 

kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle

 

in the haystack

of light.

It was what I was born for –

to look, to listen,

 

to lose myself

inside this soft world –

to instruct myself

over and over

 

in joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

 

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant –

but of the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

 

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help

 

but grow wise

with such teachings

as these –

the untrimmable light

 

of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?

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