The Irish poet David Whyte surely speaks to countless souls with his poem, “What to Remember When Waking.” 

He posted only a small piece of it on social media yesterday, the first stanza plus the opening line of the second. It drew me in to search for the whole of the poem. 

Some days words land more powerfully than others, perhaps. Though, this one is a resource that I’m sure speaks to many of us on many days. There are many lines that stand tall for me.

I’m sitting with this poem right now, feeling the shine to keep going. That’s so often the task, isn’t it? To keep going? Just keep going. “What shape waits in the seed of you … “

What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

— David Whyte,

Photo by Mila Tovar