You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
~ John O’Donohue
I was worried when I first retired from teaching
that I would not have enough to do
to fill my days
and now, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day
funny how that happened
our winter friends have returned to the yard
the deer, the little Juncos
and as I watch them through my window
they remind me to stop
take pause and breathe
as we head into this very busy holiday season