Here is the latest poem I want to share with you. Why? Because it is beautiful, and it also holds clues to living contentedly at every age. Taking pleasure from the small things in life, really NOTICING them, and allowing yourself the feeling of awe are some of the secrets to wellbeing. Living ‘mindfully’ is one of the recommendations from a survey of 100 year olds for living a fulfilling and happy life, see my article : Advice from 100 year olds.
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A NIGHT ON THE DUNE
These are the things I prize
And hold of dearest worth:
Light of sapphire skies,
Peace of the silent hills,
Shelter of forests, comfort of the grass
Music of birds, murmur of little rills,
Shadows of cloud that swiftly pass,
And, after showers,
The smell of flowers
And of the good brown earth.
And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.
God of the Open Air
Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933)
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You can see other poems I have chosen for you on my Poetry Page.