Wendell Berry is one of my favorite poets. He is witty, real, and masterful at his craft. He can at times offer sage advise on life and living like the time he said, “All right, every day ain’t going to be the best day of your life, don’t worry about that. If you stick to it you hold the possibility open that you will have better days.” He’s right of course, like poets or authors we are writing the outline of our day and some will be great and others may fall below average. There is a mood, a tone, a cadence, a theme, and a spirituality to each day. Some are dark and deeply contemplative; other days may be bright and uplifting. Some days you feel like a journalist slogging out what you need to get done for the deadline; other days you approach it like a poet inspired by life or love.
THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Wendell Berry –
This is the world we have – one world and one life. Jesus said, “I have come not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved.” God has made you a steward of this world, of your time, and your destiny. You are a poet and author of your day and for the people around you. You are gifted in your own special and unique way. Make the most of the time you have – don’t just sit and be entertained by the magic fifty-two inch box in the family room, or things that have names like “play station,” be creative in yourself. Think of what it means to be a steward of your resources – your time – your talents – your treasures – be the poet and author of your life.