As soon as the new year roll around I start my spring cleaning I might add I never get around to my fall cleanings as I never finish my spring cleaning. I do so enjoy going through things ,throwing out things, giving away things and finding things I had forgotten I have. When I get to a plastic storage container I have
hidden in my closet and call my trunk of memories. I spend the rest of the day reading old letters ,cards ,poems, old clippings and such. In doing so I came across this poem, one of my favorites, I have kept and read many times over the years. I looked up the author on my computer and find that this is part of a letter written to a friend.
It is so beautiful that I am amazed, but not surprised, that it is still around after almost five hundred years.
I hope you enjoy it also. Dorothy Tweedt
There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
But there is much, very much that while I cannot give it, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take peace!
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy.
There is radiance and glory is the darkness, could we but see,
and to see we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.
Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom with power.
Welcome it, grasp it and touch the angel's hand that brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty; believe me that angel's hand is there;
the gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.
Our joys, too; be not content with them as joys. They too conceal diviner gifts.
And so at this time, I greet you.
Not quiet as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and
forever, that the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
Fra Giovanni 1513 A.D.