I read a lovely poem today that I wanted to share. It’s at the beginning of Chapter 3 in Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed and was written by David Wagoner – The poem is called “Lost” and can be found in his book Travelling Light: Collected and New Poems“
“Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a branch does is lost on you,
Then you are surely lost. Stand still. the forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.”
It just reminded me that as we worry about what we did yesterday, or two months ago, or a moment ago…. or as we are busily planning our tomorrows, we need to remember that there is much to learn from where we are right now.
Enjoy this moment.