Don’t we all, consciously or even unconsciously, take a moment before we fall asleep each night to think about the day we just lived?
Human nature , being what it is, rarely thinks that the day was ” enough.” Kent Nerburn( Small Graces) in his last chapter questions where ” this strange unquenchable human urge for more comes from-that is both our blessing and curse. “In our eternal quest to discover more of everything about the universe, somehow we have lost “the mystery of a cloud, the beauty of a garden, the joy of a single step. We must learn to value the small as well as the great.”
In the book of Micah the prophet says” And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Confucius told his followers, ” Bring peace to the old, have trust in your friends, and cherish the young.”
Nerburn asks ” Do we really need much more than this? To honor the dawn. To visit a garden. To talk to a friend. To contemplate a cloud. To cherish a meal. To bow our heads before the mystery of the day. Are these not enough? The world we shape is the world we touch – with our words, our actions, our dreams.
” If we should be so lucky as to touch the lives of many, so be it. But if our lot is no more than the setting of a table, or the tending of a garden, or showing a child a path in the woods, our lives are no less worthy.”
Kent Nerburn ends his book with this last comment: ” Sometimes, it seems, we ask too much. Sometimes we forget that the small graces are enough. ”
So until tomorrow…Our heart is known by the path we walk.