SOLC Day 21: The Gift of Each Day


March 2020 SOLC–Day 21
A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

“When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is the miracle.”

If there’s one lesson I need to  learn over and over again, it’s to live in the present. I don’t dwell in the past, but planning and prepping for the future often distracts me from being fully in the present. These days it’s all too easy to get pulled into a mode of panicking about the future. I’m trying to remember that this current moment is what we have, and that just this moment is a tremendous gift.

The Gift of Each Day

Uncertainty teaches us fast
to cherish the gift of each day.
Our world is so small yet so vast.
Uncertainty teaches us fast
to full-throttle love to the last.
Each fleet-footed moment won’t stay.
Uncertainty teaches us fast
to cherish the gift of each day

©Molly Hogan, 2020, draft

12 thoughts on “SOLC Day 21: The Gift of Each Day

  1. jsementelli says:

    thank you for this ❤ much needed right now

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    Uncertainty teaches us fast, so fast we hardly have time to process it. I am trying to cherish each day. Thanks for this poem.

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  3. MBH, do you have favorite podcasts? One of mine is the Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos of Yale. This episode gives us some tools for dealing with our current upheaval.
    Coronavirus BONUS: Coach Yourself Through a Crisis

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  4. Debbie Lynn says:

    You are correct. It’s easy to get swept away but grounding myself in the moment helps with this difficult journey.

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  5. One day at a time, my friend. Cherishing every single one of them. Peace and be well.

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  6. Gail Aldous says:

    Thank you for your words and both poems. I agree that it is just what I needed right now. I love your rhyme and rhythm. I will keep your poem and Osho’s poem near by to remind me. I am also thankful for writing and poetry communities. Thank you for sharing. Thank you, Dan for mentioning the Happiness Lab.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Gail. I find that sometimes working on a poem with strict requirements, like a triolet, can be a stress reducer. It forces me to really focus, sort of like a puzzle.


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