New Year Poem

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter
the quiet immensity of your own presence.

May you have joy and peace in the temple of your own

May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers

May you respond to the call of your gift
and find the courage to follow its path.

May the flame of anger free you from falsity.

May the warmth of your heart keep your presence a
flame and anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles
that seek no attention.

May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your
being and may you experience each day as a sacred gift
woven around the heart of wonder.

John O”Donahue, The Blessing of Presence