Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday Poem: "The Good News" by Thich Nhat Hanh

They don’t publish 
the good news.
The good news is published 
by us.
We have a special edition every moment, 
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive, 
and the linden tree is still there, 
standing firm in the harsh winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes 
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you, 
and your arms are available: 
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.

Look at each of our special editions.

We always offer the things that are not wrong.

We want you to benefit from them 
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk, 
smiling its wondrous smile, 
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it. 
Bow your head. 
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow 
and preoccupation 
and get free.
The latest good news 
is that you can do it.

by Thich Nhat Hanh (translated from the Vietnamese by Thich Nhat Hanh and friends)

For more information about poet, Thich Nhat Hanh, see: 

So if you are caught up in the very Western commercial chaos that has become the norm in the lead up to Christmas, stop, take a breath, read this poem and reflect on what is really important in your life.

I wish you peace love and joy at Christmas.

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