"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

So much happiness

It is difficult to know what to do with much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and dissapears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house,
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.

Everything has a life of it's own,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records...

Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.

Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye
Photo by Weheartit.com


  1. Dear Alina,
    This is lovely. Somehow, I feel I needed to read this. I needed this message at just this moment. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lovely Alina! Hope you are having a beautiful day! Love the music here always..

  3. Happiness really is a state of mind isn't it, and this poem sums it up beautifully.

    Thank you for sharing this contemplation with us Alina.

    Jeanne x

  4. This is beautiful! I've always believed I must spread a bit o' sunshine into the lives of others and it's amazing how it beams right back at me.

  5. Lovely choice of photo and poem Alina!

  6. You write so beautifully! I loved this! Have a wonderful, happy day! xo Paulette

  7. I agree with all the above comments. You've all commented on this so much better than I ever could...

  8. Glad everyone enjoyed it. Thank you!


Albert Schweitzer said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" I thank you all!