At the breakfast table
I eat and ponder
What lessons there have been this day
It is early, no doubt, but things have happened, and not for nothing
The first is the choice
Who are you for?
The Lord in the Blessed Sacrament awaiting your arrival
To spend time with him
To cultivate and deepen your friendship
That must continue to grow
After all, your prayer each day is
“Help me love you more today than yesterday.”
What else beckons?
The snails on their morning walks
And the sunrise and the great outdoors
But no, no, no!
My heart tells me what to do
The Spirit of God directs my life
And so I respond as in my heart
The worship already begins
O Sacrament most holy. . . .
and the chant goes on and on.
The second lesson
Be mindful. Be mindful.
Watch and be vigilant
Know what you are about
What you do and say
For what you do is so important
And so, after the rosary in the Chapel, I went out into the open . . .
And there I was, looking and admiring . . .
And then I heard a sound, a sound that spelt disaster!
Looking down, I saw that I had stepped partly, thank God, on a snail
My friend, I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean it! It’s my fault!
Bending down, I observed the result of my mindless action of not looking where I was walking
And I felt a little sad
It is a lesson for me to learn
To learn to be mindful
Did you not learn this long ago?
Exercise it then. Be aware. Be mindful.
Then came the thought for application to life
Sometimes I get hurt by others
Do they mean it? Perhaps not.
So let me be quick to excuse and to let go.
Thank God for these lessons. I’m hopeful the snail was not destroyed.
On my return journey, it was nowhere to be found. Praise and thank God!