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April 16th, 2020

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Photo by Gabriel Jimenez on Unsplash

Prayer for the Great Family

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—
and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf
and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind
and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent
Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
clear spirit breeze
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;
self-complete, brave and aware
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;
holding or releasing; streaming through all
our bodies salty seas
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through
trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where
bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—
beyond all powers, and thoughts
and yet is within us—
Grandfather Space.
The Mind is his Wife.
so be it.

Gary Snyder, Turtle Island (after a Mohawk prayer)
New Directions, New York, 1974.

What is enough?

Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash
Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash

Is it Thursday already?

Where's the week gone?

Anyhow, I'm here; coffee poured; and ready for the day ahead.

As to the rubric, well, I woke at around 2.00 am and was reminded of an extraordinary book I read, about a decade ago, called "Enough" written by John C. Bogle. Here's the opening to James Clear's blog on the book which encapsulates the very essence of what this post is about:

"John C. Bogle is the founder of The Vanguard Group. He originally delivered this speech as the commencement address for MBA graduates of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in May 2007. 

Speech Transcript

Here’s how I recall the wonderful story that sets the theme for my remarks today: At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, the late Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, the author Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch 22 over its whole history. Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have . . . Enough.”"

Cue our current pandemic; and, judging by the material beginning to emerge in the UK mainstream press, Medium and, yes, of all places LinkedIn, a few people are beginning to question, largely by dint of the absence of material stuff and experiences that they previously took for granted, what's enough?

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