A Morning Offering by John O’Donohue

A Morning Offering

I bless the night that nourished my heart

To set the ghosts of longing free

Into the flow and figure of dream

That went to harvest from the dark

Bread for the hunger no on sees.


All that is eternal in me

Welcomes the wonder of this day,

The field of brightness it creates

Offering time for each thing

To arise and illuminate.


I place on the altar of dawn:

The quiet loyalty of breath,

The tent of thought where I shelter,

Waves of desire I am shore to

And all beauty drawn to the eye.


May My mind come alive today

to the invisible geography

That invites me to new frontiers,

To break the dead shell of yesterdays,

To risk being disturbed and changed.


May I have the courage today

To live the life that I would love,

To postpone my dream no longer

But do at last what I came her for

And waste my heart on fear no more.


This poem touches my heart each time I read it.   I am filled with hope and courage to move toward what I most deeply want.  With it I am reminded that with each new day I have new choices to make….what bold moves will I take today?…toward fulfilling my deepest desires…to love, to make a difference, to contribute and create?  What bold choices will you make “to live the life that you would love?    Carol