The Eyes of Innocence


Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.                               —Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Most of what enters our immediate experience
is there for our pure enjoyment–
the beautiful colors, the sounds,
the quality of the light, the air,
the water we drink, the food we eat,
the company we keep.
The deeper we look, the more we see
what we have to be grateful for.
When you look out at the world,
if it looks like everything is broken,
look again.
Perhaps it is your perception that needs fixing.
We all come around
in our own time, at our own pace,
in our own way.
You cannot plant a seed
and expect it to sprout one hour later,
and bear fruit the next day–
that is pure folly.
But you can plant the seed
and tend to it,
create the best possible conditions
for the seed to sprout, grow, bloom,
and give of itself completely.
So it is with each human being,
so it is with this world.
Just start today
choosing to see the perfection of life
for five whole minutes.
Prepared to be amazed
as you look out on the world
with the eyes of innocence once again.

2 responses »

  1. This was just what I needed to read after awakening to the dreadful news of the attack on so many of our teenage girls and families. Holding my own daughters close this morning, the importance of mending and minding the part of the world that I can reach was never more true but my grief for all those parents facing the first day without their children today is deep and I wish there was more that I could do to stop the horrors that affect our brothers and sisters in this world.

    • Oh Theresa, no words. I sat this morning offering Tonglen to the families of those who lives were taken. You are wise to hold your loved ones close, and your tender heart has no choice but to grieve for the parents who have to face this day without their most precious treasures. I lit a candle and prayed for angels to be near, that the families might experience some comfort, some solace, some strength, and somehow, forgiveness. Sending you hugs and gratitude for your open heart. ❤

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