Everything Is Waiting for You

by David Whyte

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

— David Whyte
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press

7 thoughts on “Everything Is Waiting for You

  1. Your wish is my command.
    Here’s a classic Japanese saying for you.
    Luke’s having a tough time, and he’s discouraged.
    Honesty is the best policy.
    He’s earned that title because he’s authored dozens of aphorisms.
    They’re easy to remember and pass down through generations because they’re concise.
    For example.
    Truthfully, there aren’t huge differences between the three.
    Repeat after me.
    Better safe than sorry is a piece of wisdom from Samuel Lover’s book, Rory O’More.
    See for yourself.
    Washington also said, It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
    Finally, Actions speak louder than words is another classic example.
    Now you might be asking.
    Aphoristic statements also appear in everyday life, such as daily speeches made by politicians and leaders.
    What is an Aphorism.

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