Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life, even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand, even if I’ve gone away from you.
I received this poem at a teacher renewal workshop given by Angeles Arrien.
Today, I take a few moments to sit quietly, hush my worries, and remember what is truly important to me. I reflect: How am I living what is important to me?
I commit to holding on to what is good, in my life and in the world around me. I will nurture and encourage it, even in the smallest ways — by laughing with a child, holding my husband’s hand, or saying a prayer of thankfulness before I eat my dinner. How are you holding on what is good, to what you believe, to what you must do, to your life — even in the little ways?