I invite you enjoy one of my favorite poems by David Whyte.
Read this extraordinary poem . Listen to David read his beautiful prose. Remember that you’re not alone.

Everything is Waiting for You

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

  • In what way do you try to separate yourself from the rest of the world?
  • How is this form of isolation working out for you? How does it make  you feel?
  • How might you feel if you remember that you are not alone?

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  • Sanjit Mar 13, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Truly eye opening and soul searching. Look forward to more

    • Shann Mar 13, 2013, 2:00 pm

      Thanks Sanjit! David’s work touches my soul.

  • Nancy Norbeck Mar 16, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Oh, what a magical, interconnected world we live in through David Whyte’s eyes! I am tempted to make little labels for the things he mentions–one on the phone to remind me of my connection to the divine, one on the window latch to remind me that I can go through to freedom–and to make up others to go with them. Thank you so much for sharing this poem, Shann!

    • Shann Mar 18, 2013, 4:54 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      My pleasure. I’m glad you enjoyed David’s gorgeous poetry. I love the label creation idea. Go for it!

  • Leticia Apr 1, 2013, 2:18 pm