Wisdom Work for 28 March 2022

One Good Thing

by Edwin Romond

It’s been a dead parade
of hours since 5 AM,
a march of the bland
with the meaningless and
I can think of nothing
I have done to merit
mentioning or
remembering.

 

But now, at 8 pm,
I am bathing my son
in a tub filled with bubbles
and blue battleships,
the soapy water over
his Irish white skin
makes him glisten
like a glazed doughnut

 

and I should tell him
to stop splashing
but this is the first time
all day I have felt like living
so how can I scold
my boy who’s found joy
in something ordinary
as water? And when

 

I wash his hair
with Buzz Lightyear
shampoo, Liam
closes his eyes and
smiles like a puppy
being petted as I massage
the sweet lotion into
his red curls and I know

 

this is one good thing
I have done with my life
this day that has waited
for this moment
of water on my sleeve
and soap on my nose
to turn emptiness into ecstasy.

DAILY WISDOM EXERCISE: “Three Good Things” 

This exercise is to be done each night before going to sleep. 

Think about anything good that happened to you today. It can be anything at all that seems positive to you. It need not be anything big or important. For example, you might recall the fact that you enjoyed the oatmeal you had for breakfast. On the other hand, you might also recall that your child took its first step today. Anything from the most mundane to the most exalted works, as long as it seems to you like a good, positive, happy thing. 

Write down these three positive things each night in your journal. 

WISDOM WORK/PLAY 

At the end of the week, reflect on why each good thing happened. Determining the “why” of the event is the most important part of the week’s work. 

Using the examples above, you might say that your oatmeal tasted really good this morning BECAUSE your partner took the time to go shopping at the local farmer’s market, where they have fresh, organic oatmeal. 

Or, you might say that your child took its first step today BECAUSE God/Divine/Spirit/Goddess was pouring blessings down upon your family. 

You get to decide reasons for each event that make sense to you.