You Reading This, Be Ready
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
I love this poem by William Stafford. It is so easy to get so caught up in our story lines, that we forgo the vivid brilliance that can come flooding into us if we just pay attention. How often are we replaying old negative tapes in our minds, and not being here now? Exhale them out! Starting here, in this moment. What do you find?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now?
Are you waiting for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here, lift this new glimpse that you found;
carry into evening all that you want from this day.
This interval you spent reading or hearing this, keep it for life -
What can anyone give you greater than now,starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?
~ William Stafford