Words to Begin the Day

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Knowing that my audience here is mostly lawyers, I know that there’s a danger of being too abstract when it comes to trying to talk about how we pay attention to the things that matter most to us.  Nevertheless, I thought John O’Donohue’s poem below worth sharing. Depending on your orientation, you might call this a prayer, a mediation, or a blessing.  Whatever you call it, these are good words to offer as you begin your day.  May they inspire you to live the life that you would love.

All that is eternal in me
Welcomes the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.
I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.
May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.
May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
~ John O’Donohue ~

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