Gratitude for Brief Moments of Joy

October 11, 2012

“What was the best thing that happened?  Reviewing the day’s delights often yields surprises, and serves as a reminder of how full a life is, how lucky some days feel, and how stressful days may contain glowing nuggets of peace, pleasure, or joy.”
— Diane Ackerman, Dawn Light:  Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

A grace note in my day — ‘Bishop of York’ Dahlia at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Sometimes it’s good to remember how little we need, really need, for a good life.  Today, for example, it gives me joy to write the date: 10/11/12!!!

What We Need
by David Budbill, from While We’ve Still Got Feet: New Poems

The Emperor,
his bullies
and henchmen
terrorize the world
every day,

which is why
every day

we need

a little poem
of kindness,

a small song
of peace

a brief moment
of joy.

7 Responses to “Gratitude for Brief Moments of Joy”

  1. garden.poet Says:

    That dahlia is so, so pretty. The peach has all those lovely streaks of color within it. And its set off so nicely by the purple buds. I little smile in my day. Thank you, Rosemary.

  2. garden.poet Says:

    *That would be “A little smile”…

  3. shoreacres Says:

    You’ve reminded me of the wonderful quotation from Goethe:

    “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

  4. alice shoemaker Says:

    Hi, Rosemary – I look forward to your blog everyday. I visited the Horticulture library and liked seeing your work. Thank you for including a quote from my fellow Ithacan and wonderful writer, Diane Ackerman. Avs

    • Rosemary Says:

      Ackerman is a terrific writer and thinker. Love to read her work. Thanks for your comment, and thanks for checking out my exhibit.


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