“What to Remember when Waking”
“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.”
~Devid Whyte, excerpted from “What to Remember when Waking”
It’s been a while since I’ve shared poetry on this blog. This month, I’ve been rereading and savoring the work of Anglo-Irish poet David Whyte. He’s one of the contemporary poets I turn to when I need encouragement, and his words never fail to lift or console.
This excerpt from “What to Remember when Waking” reminds us that every human being has a unique purpose and a life to treasure. (To read the entire poem, click here.) As Whyte said in his personal notes about this poem, “Waking up every day is a discipline.” Every single day, we are called to rediscover and use our own “hidden” gifts — the gifts that we inherited and were meant to offer the world. ~CL
Want to read more David Whyte? My all-time favorite Whyte poem, “Sweet Darkness,” is featured in one of my earlier blog posts, which you can read here.