08 June 2016

Step 11: Remember the Day

Brooklyn Museum - Sunrise - George Inness - overall - 2.jpg
Sunrise by George Inness (@ 1887)



Remember the Day:
You stepped outside for refreshment and communed with trees instead of cigarettes.  You meditated instead of playing solitaire.You sought out inspiring thinkers and scripture instead of merchandise.  You let God’s Love fill you instead of snacks.
Remember the day:
Your daily fear gave way to courage. Your stepping aside became standing up. Your holding still and hoarding gave way to moving and giving. Your sense deprivation gave way to multiple channels of ministry.
Remember the day:
Your detachment from mundane matters allowed profound surrender.  Your attachment to an inner self became desire to know God’s will. Your anger at injustice gave way to empowered group action. Your desire for love transformed into loving.
Remember the day:
Your measures of worth transformed into immeasurable quality. Your attendance transformed into presence and faithfulness. Your desire to sleep forever transformed into desire to greet each new day.  You found your way.  Gratitude became your prayer.
 The day is now.  






Re-run  8/7/2016 for Poets United Poetry Pantry #314

Inspired by Richard Rohr's TWELVE-STEP SPIRITUALITY: Step Eleven

Part of my series Oh, Ye of Little Faith*


My blog poems are rough drafts. 
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© 2016 Susan L. Chast


24 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is an amazing transformation and speaks of a very aware journey. A wonderful poem, Susan, and an inspiring journey.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

This has a deep, solemn beauty which perfectly fits the subject matter.

Mary said...

This is so inspiring, Susan. Yes, the day is now....to remember!

Sumana Roy said...

"You found your way." the most important thing to know in this life...a beautiful and prayerful poem, very much uplifting....

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Awareness. And eternal curiosity. Life is better with both.

Jasmin said...

wow, so positive. thank you

Kerry O'Connor said...

You meditated instead of playing solitaire...

Hmmm.. this gives me pause for thought. I seldom allow my mind a time of rest.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

I agree, such a deep and meditative quality to this poem. Beautifully penned.

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Jae Rose said...

That is a very good day to remember - and one that at times feels impossible to achieve - i hope we all find our way

Truedessa said...

This is very inspiring and I think we both had a bit of a journey to share. This reaches into those places of our being. Time is now, so the day is now as well. May you always embrace the light!

signed...bkm said...

A profound moment can change you forever. May we all experience such a beautiful transformation...bkm

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"Your desire for love transformed into loving." That is so key. Attendance transforming into presence - a big shift. What the world needs now is spelled out right here in your wonderful prayer/poem.

scotthastiepoet said...

Wow! this spoke to me very strongly today - especially where I find myself in my life at the moment. Thanks so much for such clearly spoken, inspired and precious affirmations Susan. I shall certainly be back for more... With Best Wishes Scott

Gillena Cox said...

this a surly a wonderful way to live, everyday. Thanks for the reminder

much love...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Yes. Now. Amen.

Matthew Henningsen said...

So many wonderful thoughts to live by in this poem. An inspirational read.

Wendy Bourke said...

This is lovely ... inspiring ... and filled with wisdom!

rallentanda said...

Now now... God still loves the out of the box thinkers, snacking bed huggers browsing through the scriptures, pondering the mysteries and bird life in a jacaranda tree, writing inspirational poetry:)

Luk Lei said...

A beautiful affirmation. :)

R.K. Garon said...

Amen :)
ZQ

dsnake1 said...

this is so inspirational!
maybe i couldn't do a lot of the actions mentioned but i really try to be grateful. :)

kaykuala said...

You found your way
Gratitude became your prayer.
The day is now

There is no justification of postponing it but to rightly act with immediate expediency. The tendency is to wait for someone else to start the ball rolling.

Hank

Susan said...

A poem!

Susan said...

Thank you for your affirming comments, everyone.