Hi, friends! How are you doing on this marvelous Monday? Hope your week is off to a great start!
Time for this week’s year of Wooden challenge!
- January: Drink deeply from good books.
- February: Make friendship a fine art.
- March: Help others.
- April: Build a shelter against a rainy day (financially).
- May: Be true to yourself.
- June: Give thanks for your blessings every day.
- July: Love.
- August: Balance.
- September: Drink deeply from good poetry.
Back in January, we began this year-long challenge with the first item from Coach Wooden’s 7-Point Creed: Drink deeply from good books. Now, in September, we are focusing on poetry because Coach Wooden had a deep love for poetry.
Last week’s challenge was to read Good Poems, an anthology of poetry selected by Garrison Keillor.
There were so many poems I loved in this collection! It’s hard to choose just one to share. But I think I’ll end up going with this one by Tom Hennen, “The Life of a Day”… I really love the message.
The Life of a Day
Like people or dogs, each day is unique and has
its own personality quirks which can easily be seen
if you look closely. But there are so few days as
compared to people, not to mention dogs, that it
would be surprising if a day were not a hundred
times more interesting than most people. But
usually they just pass, mostly unnoticed, unless
they are wildly nice, like autumn ones full of red
maple trees and hazy sunlight, or if they are grimly
awful ones in a winter blizzard that kills the lost
traveler and bunches of cattle. For some reason
we like to see days pass, even though most of us
claim we don’t want to reach our last one for a
long time. We examine each day before us with
barely a glance and say, no, this isn’t one I’ve been
looking for, and wait in a bored sort of way for
the next, when, we are convinced, our lives will
start for real. Meanwhile, this day is going by perfectly
well-adjusted, as some days are, with the
right amounts of sunlight and shade, and a light
breeze scented with a perfume made from the
mixture of fallen apples, corn stubble, dry oak
leaves, and the faint odor of last night’s meandering skunk.
My favorite sentence in the poem is, “For some reason we like to see days pass, even though most of us claim we don’t want to reach our last one for a long time.” That line struck me as so honest and true. Why do we behave this way? Why do we like to see the passing of days? One thing I have really been working on lately is enjoying and savoring the ordinary routines of my days. I also like this poem’s message of treating each day as a beautifully unique entity, and to appreciate each and every one you are given!
This week, I’ll be reading The Soul of Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks.
Next week, I’ll share my favorite poem from the collection, and I’d love to hear yours as well!
Questions for the day:
- What is your favorite poem in Good Poems?
- Have you ever read poetry by the ancient poet Rumi?
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