A Prayer for Those Who Can’t Focus
by Meg Riley
You know it’s there, that urgent task,
That meaningful letter you’re going to write,
That call which will move your soul.
And yet all around you the nibbles of small beasts
Demand that you pay attention to them—
Swat them off, sing them to sleep, tend to their wounds.
All around, incessantly, nibbling and hissing and pulling at you.
May you take a deep breath.
May the breath free you from these tiny fingers.
May you feel them fall away.
May you feel clarity return.
May you see, just ahead, your dreamed-of destination.
Close your eyes: There it is. Now go there!
Meg Riley is senior minister at CLF. She’s been a UU minister for twenty years. As a UU kid in West Virginia, she quickly learned to enjoy being ‘different,’ which has served her well in a ‘different’ life. Riley lives in Minneapolis, where she enjoys walking by lakes, gardening, reading and writing, and in social media, where she enjoys hanging out, keeping up with people, and playing the occasional game of Scrabble. She is the parent of a teenager, and the companion of a number of four legged friends.