Thursday, January 04, 2007

Valuing the small

Here is another passage from Small Graces by Ken Nerburn:
We must learn to value the small as well as the great.

In the book of Micah, the prophet says, "And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"

Confucius told his followers, "Bring peace to the old, have trust in your friends, and cherish the young."

Do we really need much more than this? To honor the dawn. To visit a garden. To talk to a friend. To contemplate a cloud. To cherish a meal. To bow our heads before the mystery of the day. Are these not enough?
I have come to love the word "enough" over the past few years. It's a word that goes with "acceptance" and "letting go" and "contentment" and "equanimity". Let's all ponder the principle of "enough" and let it be an inroad to being joyfully in the moment.

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