All Set

 It’s reassuring to realize, each morning, that a thousand things are all set to assist me during the day, and that they were made ready with absolutely no assistance from me. I sometimes smugly think of myself as my own source and supplier of the tools of success, but it’s simply not the case — not when I consider, for instance, our car that is occasionally cared for  by master mechanics, with no help from me; the streets that have been kept smooth and clean for our car, with no help from me; the stoplights that successfully send me and others from one intersection to another, with no help from me; the sunshine that makes it easy to see Delycia’s overflowing flowers, with no help from me; and the flowers themselves that are making major miracles on these flourishing July days, with no help from me. I’m set to have a fine day each morning, mostly because of the countless tasks undertaken by people and forces unfamiliar and far away, the loyal laborers who do their duties so that ease and comfort can be a much bigger part of my life than pressure and stress.  

And here’s a woman – my Delycia – who is all set for a walk at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Preserve (which we did this morning) – fully prepared with shady hat, backpack, face mask, sunglasses, walking stick, and top-of-the-line trail shoes. Maybe ‘Ready’ should be her nickname.

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And here’s a tiny bunny in our backyard, all set to taste some juicy clover grass, we hope – and not Delycia’s flowers!

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Today is a free gift. 
It comes 
in the generous streams 
of sunshine,
the show of affection
in the offerings of breezes, 
and the friendly roar 
of each arriving moment. 
Make ready to receive,
all day long. 
Look for new light 
starting to shine 
over and over.  

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