William 2

Don’t believe the lie

that says you and I are only worth something

if we jump out of bed with a start each morning,

hop in the shower immediately,

race through breakfast

if we even pause that long,

and run out the door

to do something important,

anything to prove we matter.


Don’t believe the Creator,

who spent billions of years

carefully crafting a universe,

is really more pleased with you

in your flurry and haste

to accomplish some miniscule task.


She isn’t sitting in the stands

waiting to applaud

if you add even more to your “to do” list.

He isn’t sitting in the judge’s chair

assessing your value

according to your next feat.


If anything,

there is a very curious expression

on your Maker’s face

wondering who told you

faster and more is always better.


If only we could see,

If only we could see,

the eyes of the divine

the moment we were born

already cherishing her own reflection

uniquely revealed in each of us.


Surely then we would know

every breath we take is already pleasing,

is, in fact, a gift of Spirit-breath

breathed intimately through us.

If we could just grasp that alone

it would change everything.



you want to please the One?


For more writing like this see Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through; and of a blog on, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (, adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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One Response to Breathe

  1. says:

    Thanks for reminding me…..stopping and breathing now.

    Sent from my iPhone


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