My most recent post at my personal blog, a short poem called Yellow Butterfly (link below) was inspired in part by watching a TED talk by Brother David Steindl-Rast that teaches us to Stop-Look-Go while being grateful for the moments we are given. I want to share a complementary article from a good friend, Saeah, at imperfectionistblog.com (link below) not only for its excellence, but also to show gratitude. She turned me on to this TED talk a few weeks back to help me process several of the challenges life has tossed into my moments. She writes: “Clarity of mind and heart allows us to see life’s details. These details bring an abundance of beauty into our lives that we often reject by choosing to be lost in the busyness of our day-to-day.” This article reminds me not only to stop, look, and pay attention to the little details of life, but also to stop, look and say thank you to the people who take the time to become bells of awareness in our lives, waking us up to the moments we are too busy to notice.
This week, I want to stop, look, and notice the precious details of life, and also friends like Saeah, and so many others here in the Cafe and outside who have taken the time over the last months to wake me up to these moments life has given me. Perhaps saying thanks is all I can do as I stop and look around in this time of great challenges, but with friends ringing bells of awareness like this, how can we not become more aware of the goodness inside all of us and become better humans?
Every moment gives a gift
An opportunity to see
A yellow butterfly land
On the pool deck to give
The daughter a smile
She seemed to have lost.
Image: Me, Chinese Gardens, Singapore.