Friday, February 05, 2010


I love the poems of Mary Oliver … somewhere on a page with her poems was this:

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

The newscasters have been telling us all week about the huge snowstorm due to hit this weekend. Yesterday I went to the store to get a few items. It took over an hour and a half. At first as I tried to find the shortest line, (the lines went way down the aisles) I was getting aggravated… then I remembered these three lines. I stopped and went to the end of the closest line and decided to Pay Attention. I saw items on the shelves I’d never seen before, and probably would never have noticed since I have my favorites and tend to buy only those. I saw people of every color, age, size and shape. I talked to quite a few of them which I wouldn’t have done on a regular shopping trip. I got to help a woman and her elderly father who was in a wheel chair. (Imagine doing your grocery shopping pushing a full cart and a wheel chair!) I got to watch the local TV station interview some young boys and saw them go from embarrassment to bravado.

As I left the store I was astonished at the fullness of the experience I had just had. I realized once again that it’s the attitude we have while experiencing life that makes it painful or enjoyable. I could have, like so many in the store, slid into the aggravation I first experienced, yet I knew I had a choice – and I choose to be fully present.

Today outside my window the snow is falling. I pay attention. There is a peacefulness about it. It is beautiful. I am astonished by the simplicity of snow.

And now I’ve told you all about it.


There is one Life, that Life is God’s Life and this is the life I am living. This LifeForce within me, that is the Source and substance of all things, the Energy that makes all things work, is infinitely intelligent and unconditionally loving.

I declare I am no longer living this magnificent life in reaction. I pay attention. As I do this my senses are sharpened, awakened and empowered. Everything seems brand new. My world appears to be more peaceful and a lot more fun. I am astonished!

By my actions and attitudes I tell the world of my belief in the goodness of all. I am a living example of how powerful we are. I inspire others to open their hearts and minds, and this is good.

Gratefully I release these words into the Law of Mind, knowing they are so, and so it is.