Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fifty Plus One

A year ago today, when I turned 50, I knew that I was going to have a great and interesting year. And so I did. I've learned a lot, and survived some hard moments. After a bad turn several months ago, I believe that I'm actually starting to get a handle on things, again. My therapist thinks so, too. We can't both be wrong.

I've had a lovely day turning 51. A ton of Facebook messages, all lovely. Phone calls and flowers, and a trip to the nursery and an hour in my garden. A recovery meeting this evening. I am thankful, and grateful. Earlier today, a dear friend introduced me to a great piece of writing by William Stafford. Like so much of what I have focused on during my recovery and throughout this past year, in particular, it speaks to the importance of now. Of living in this perfect, made for me, moment. I love it.

You Reading This, Be Ready

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
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 ~

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