Look Around

Before dawn on the Atlantic Ocean.

Look around, look around
Look at where you are
Look at where you started
The fact that you’re alive is a miracle
Just stay alive, that would be enough

~Lin-Manuel Miranda, from the musical Hamilton, “That Would be Enough”

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?
~Walt Whitman “Miracles”

Sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean

It’s not complicated. Really.

The signs are everywhere.

If I have the discipline, the desire to pay attention I can easily be invited into an awareness of the bounty of life.

When I was a young mother a friend, many years older said if you can get yourself up before sunrise it’s wonderful. She was right. There is so much in the unfolding drama of a new day that can literally take one’s breath away – whether on land or ocean.

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.

~Mary Oliver

So I try to keep my eyes and my heart open to what each day brings.

And that is enough.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s