WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN
WAKING

In that first
hardly
noticed
moment
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from
the other
more secret,
moveable
and
frighteningly
honest
world
where everything
began,
there is a
small
opening
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you
begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to
live.

What you can live
wholeheartedly
will make
plans
enough
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be
human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift
to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live
in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this
earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were
invited
from another and greater
night
than the one
from
which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting
light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
presence
of
everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one
love?  What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and
spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the
fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can
imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the
waiting desk?

~ David Whyte ~

 
(The House of
Belonging
)
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