Gratitude Takes Responsibility

Gratitude Takes Responsibility

Todays Blog is a poem from Effie Waller Smith (1879-1960), EXCERPT FROM “PREPARATION” which I found in Galen Guengerich, The Way of Gratitude: A New Spirituality for Today, Random House, 2020, p 112.

“I have no time for those things now,” we say’
“But in the future just a little way,
No longer by this ceaseless toil oppressed,
I shall have leisure then for thought and rest.

When I the debts upon my land have paid,
Or on foundations firm my business laid,
I shall take time for discourse long and sweet
with those beloved who round my hearthstone meet:

I shall take time on mornings still and cool
To seek the freshness dim of wood and pool,
Where, calmed and hallowed by great Nature’s peace,
My life from its hot cares shall find release;

I shall take time to think on destiny,
Of what I was and am and yet shall be,
Till in the hush my soul may nearer prove
To that great Soul in whom we live and move.

All this I shall do sometime but not now—
The press of business cares will not allow.”
And thus our life glides on year after year;
The promised leisure never comes more near.

Blog 10-6-23 – Jo Ann Lordahl

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