Ever have “one of those days”
where nothing seems to go
… as you had hoped?
… as you had anticipated?
… as you had planned?


Likely yes.
Me too.
On “one of those days”
I sat quietly in my special chair
with gentle music playing in the background.

As I tried to put it all in perspective
an image of the Milky Way
came to mind
helping me not only to realize
but to accept the reality that
the things, people, situations, encounters, news
that made that day
“one of those days”
were infinitesimal
in the cosmic scheme of things.


Why did I let them bother me
… so much?
Why did I let them build
… one upon the other?
Why did I give them power
over my thoughts?

Why, instead of making the time
… to centre myself
… to do some deep breathing
… to think, pray, whisper, sing
Dame Julian of Norwich’s prayer
“All shall be well. All shall be well.
And all manner of thing shall be well,”
did I become
… more frustrated
… more disappointed
… more upset with each encounter
and activity
and person
and myself?
It would be easy to find an excuse.

But the reality is
… I had a choice
and I chose to be
… a human do-ing
rather than
… a human be-ing.’

So that evening I was quiet
… intentionally focused on ‘be-ing’
thinking that if I were blessed
to awaken the next morning
I would do so with gratitude in my heart and mind
for the privilege of
… learning
… and growing
… and evolving

And every morning since that time
that’s what I try to do
… even if I have been having
“one of those days.”


Text © June Maffin

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