The Little Ways That Encourage Good Fortune
by William Stafford
“Wisdom is having things right in your life
and knowing why.
If you do not have things right in your life
you will be overwhelmed:
you may be heroic, but you will not be wise.
If you have things right in your life
but do not know why,
you are just lucky, and you will not move
in the little ways that encourage good fortune.
The saddest are those not right in their lives
who are acting to make things right for others:
they act only from the self–
and that self will never be right:
no luck, no help, no wisdom”
Gateway Into Gratitude
by Sage Harmos
Appreciation and small delights have been my gateway into gratitude. Lately I have
been having appreciation for the strangest things: a good tuna salad sandwich, the full
moon in a clear night sky, the feeling of being on a large, exuberant space station. As I
get older I see the value in being able to say, “your ancestors didn’t all die in the hard
times.” And, “look, we are still here, and alive.”
The full moon shows up thru a cold black night sky like it is close and bright in a way
that you can practically feel the heat of the sun bouncing off of it. But it also is clear,
looking out, that we are living in space; not much between us and the vast emptiness
that is also our home.
Some of the great stories that have come down to us from untold generations of hard
times are guides. Not tourist guides, but survival guides. A way of recognizing what the
journey looks like while in the middle of it, a way of falling into maturity that is a lot like
falling in love.
This place is so normal, so beautiful, so aggravating that we take for granted life on
earth. We are living on a riotously flowering, space station. So wonderfully equipped—
yet so close to the vast vacuum of emptiness. With that in mind, it starts to make life
seem even more remarkably precious, and God even more generous. It is news for me,
how close we actually are to each other. How much we need one another, and depend
on this place. How much life there is to live—and how much there is to be thankful for!
News of the Universe – by Robert Bly