Thanks to Joel and Michelle Levey for their Thought for the Day email, and for sending this poem by Thich Nhat Hanh.
There are jewels everywhere in the cosmos - -
I want to offer you a handful of them this morning.
The diamonds I offer will shine through days and nights.
Each minute of our life is an individual jewel,
Containing sky, earth, river and clouds;
You need only breathe gently and mindfully
and all the miracles will be displayed.
The birds sing. The pines chant. The flowers bloom.
There is the blue sky and there are white clouds.
The eyes of the people you love shine
And your smile reflects full awareness.
You are the wealthiest person on Earth,
But have been going around to beg in distant lands for happiness,
Do stop being a destitute person;
Come back and receive your heritage.
Let us offer each other happiness
and establish ourselves in the present moment.
We should let go of our sorrow
And embrace life in our two arms.