I recently discovered the poems of Mary Oliver, a winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry and winner of the national book award. I read one of her poems each night before retiring to bed.

I wanted to share a poem that left me inspired and at peace. I am not a morning person by nature, but reading this poem gave me insight into the beauty that each day holds for us, and a reminder to start may day with hope and promise – for each day is a new opportunity, a renewed attempt to find happiness, to try something new, to sit in appreciation for all our many riches, to be grateful for our time here on this Earth.

This is the poem.

“Hello, sun in my face,
Hello, you who make the morning
And spread it over the fields
And into the faces of the tulips
And the nodding morning glories,
And into the windows of, even, the miserable and the crotchety –
Best preacher that ever was,
Dear star, that just happens,
To be wherea you are in the universe
To keep us from ever-darkness,
To ease us with warm touching,
To hold us in the great hands of light-
Good morning, good morning, good morning
Watch now, how I start the day
In happiness, in kindness.” ~MARY OLIVER