What to Remember when Waking


By David Whyte


In that first

hardly noticed

moment

in which you wake,

coming back

to this life

from the other

more secret,

moveable

and frighteningly honest

world

where everything

began,

there is a small

opening

into the day

that closes

the moment

you begin

your plans.


What you can plan

is too small

for you to live.


What you can live

wholeheartedly

will make plans


enough for the vitality

hidden in your sleep.


To become human

is to become visible

while carrying

what is hidden

as a gift to others.


To remember

the other world

in this world

is to live in your

true inheritance.


You are not

a troubled guest

on this earth,

you are not

an accident

amidst other accidents,

you were invited

from another and greater

night than the one

from which

you have just emerged.


Now, looking through

the slanting light

of the morning window

toward the mountain presence

of everything that can be,

what urgency

calls you

to your one love?


What shape

waits in the seed of you

to grow and spread

its branches

against a future sky?


Is it waiting

in the fertile sea?

In the trees

beyond the house?

In the life

you can imagine

for yourself?


In the open

and lovely

white page

on the waiting desk?


__________ from the book, Essentials



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