The world is full of surprises, but too often we look for confirmation of the story we expect, and miss the wonder. Today I was inspired by this poem to open to the surreal, the wondrous, the strange — the transformative.
Things to Think
by Robert Bly
Think in ways you’ve never thought before.
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you’ve ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.
Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his
A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.
When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s
To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,
Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that
Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.
“Things to Think” by Robert Bly from Eating the Honey of Words. © Harper Collins, 1999.
Wonder on, and as always, choose the better story!