“To Waking”, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O’Donohue
I give thanks for arriving safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes to see the world,
The gift of mind to feel at home
In my life, the waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.
The best way to start any day is to give thanks for the privilege of living. Doing so opens the door to newness and unbinds the possibilities inherent in the new dawn. If you meet the new dawn with a heart clouded by complaints, fear, doubts or greed, you are likely to be fixated on the absences and limitations, rather than the opportunities. Never forget: what has your heart has you.
I give thanks for arriving safely in this new dawn. Do you?
5 thoughts on “A New Dawn”
Yes, I also give deep thanks for arriving safely in this new dawn even with the harvest of the past. It may seem at looking at the past that we may want to close our eyes in remorse for opportunities squandered. In realizing that something of a larger mercy has carried me to a safe dawn it brings a great sense of thankfulness for the mercy extended and for the magnificent opportunities now at hand.
This is one of the many mercies of life; when we see another dawn. Another chance to right our ship or continue onward and upward.
This day, like each, is a unique gift to be both appreciated and lived to the fullest. And there is no question about it that beginning the day with deep and genuine appreciation to be alive allows the rest of the day to be what it rightly is – a gift.
I most certainly do!
One of our old teachings included facing the East each morning as the sun first came over the horizon, and saying a pray of thanks and gratitude for the day. This is still a wonderful practice to have, as it helps to set the gift of that day into the heart in the right way. Let us walk in harmony upon this earth with all things that be. Let us acknowledge the value of all in our hearts. And be forever grateful!