Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Pleasures of an Ordinary Life

Sometimes you just have to stop and take stock of things, and recognize how fortunate you are...

The Pleasures of Ordinary Life

I've had my share of necessary losses,
Of dreams I know no longer can come true.
I'm done now with the whys and the becauses.
It's time to make things good, not just make do.
It's time to stop complaining and pursue
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I used to rail against my compromises.
I yearned for the wild music, the swift race.
But happiness arrived in new disguises:
Sun lighting a child's hair. A friend's embrace.
Slow dancing in a safe and quiet place.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

I'll have no trumpets, triumphs, trails of glory.
It seems the woman I've turned out to be
Is not the heroine of some grand story.
But I have learned to find the poetry
In what my hands can touch, my eyes can see.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.

Young fantasies of magic and of mystery
Are over. But they really can't compete
With all we've built together: A long history.
Connections that help render us complete.
Ties that hold and heal us. And the sweet,
Sweet pleasures of an ordinary life.

Judith Viorst [Ms. Viorst was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1931. She is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, for children as well as adults.]

I love this poem by Judith Viorst. I'd forgotten it and accidentally stumbled across it this morning. I figure it was well worthy of posting, so that anyone who read this could share in the simple pleasure.

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  1. I'm glad that you posted it:) It's lovely ~~
    Have a nice day Jes~

  2. Just what I needed to read this morning! I'm trying to be conscious in the moment, live in the moment, but I often forget.

    I think about what I want in the future, or worry about not making the right choices, but often if you pay attention to the now and the pleasures of the now, the future becomes clear all by itself.

  3. Dear Cheryl,
    You have a great day as well! I'm glad you liked the poem.

    Dear Miss Footloose,
    It is a nice reminder poem. There are always "things" around the corner of our lives, but spending too much time on regrets - for me anyway- is such a waste.

    There is something liberating in recognizing exactly who and where you are in your own life.
    (besides, you will always have the "lead" in your own life!)

  4. It's a beautiful poem Jes. Thank you for posting it. A good reminder that we should be thankful for what we have in the here and now...because life is short enough, without worrying about what's to come.



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