Being grateful for the everyday

Each of our everyday lives is different.

Yet, each of us has the opportunity to pause and be grateful for what holds us and gives us shape.

Today, I am grateful that the rain has stopped so we can start shearing…

I am also grateful for friends who support us in the challenges we face.

And I am grateful for you. Being here and joining in these daily poetic pauses.

Thank you.

~

OTHERWISE

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.
At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

+ Jane Kenyon from Collected Poems, Graywolf Press, 2005 

Jane was from Michigan and was an outstanding poet. She died of leukaemia in her late 40’s in 1995.

Pause. See differently. Re-story…

This week

A few good words

Please…

Please give yourself a quarter of an hour to listen to J Drew Lanham read his poem Joy is the Justice (We Give Ourselves) via On Being. It is profound and has both life and gravitas, making it feel like an anthem for our times.

And if you have already listened and/or want more, then follow up with the three-way conversation that followed this rendition at the On Being event in January: On Love, Politics, and Violence (Channelling Hannah Arendt) with Krista Tippett, Lyndsay Stonebridge and Lucas Johnson. You can also find it wherever you listen to podcasts on the On Being Podcast.