Everything Is Waiting for You
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the
conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
It’s so common for us to think we are completely alone in those moments when everything is going south, or just dull or we are somehow unable to locate our source of joy.
David Whyte is so right. We have to give up our idea of our aloneness and be willing to participate; even if it is only by being aware of what is around us.
So many wait on the sidelines, waiting to be called, when, to feel part of what is going on, all they have to do is step into the game, raise their hand, offer some assistance.
It’s not rocket science and yet we make it so.
We do create drama and catastrophe thinking nothing will change. We do everything short of stamping our foot like a four year old and having a hissy fit. We definitely lack patience!
Training your mind to slow down and be aware of all that is around you, benefiting you, providing for you is a big gift to yourself, Just the thereness of it makes you realize that it’s up to you to do the work, to believe, to have the faith to take the next step, to challenge your fear. And also to realize that you are most definitely not alone.
You can do this. If you don’t believe it, do a Google search on everyone who has overcome a challenge. These stories will create a perspective that won’t require much conversation.