Daily Step – Astonishment


Along the journey towards the greater, there are many small, daily steps to better understand oneself, God, and others. This is one of my “daily steps”.

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“My work is loving the world.”⠀

Last week I felt like I struggled with creativity- and whenever that happens I easily convince myself that all my creative juice is gone and never coming back. What a dreary thought!⠀

It’s so easy to get caught up in the lack of things… instead of the abundance all around. I think my brain was probably just inviting me to take a break and spend some time noticing the world again and reclaiming what my work in this world truly should be. ⠀

Our work in this chaotic world is, as #maryoliver writes – is mostly to stand still and be astonished. And when we do, perhaps we can feel a flood of creativity and joy overcome us once again.⠀

Messenger by #MaryOliverPoetry

“My work is loving the world.⠀
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – ⠀
equal seekers of sweetness.⠀
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.⠀
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.⠀
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?⠀
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters,⠀
which is my work,⠀
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.⠀
The phoebe, the delphinium.⠀
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.⠀
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,⠀
Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart and these body-clothes,⠀
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy⠀
to the moth and the wren, ⠀
to the sleepy dug-up clam,⠀
telling them all, over and over, ⠀
how it is that we live forever.”⠀

May we all find a moment today to pause and be astonished and announce it to the world with #joy!⠀

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