I've been sharing this poem in class lately. David Whyte is one of my favorite poets. He talks about this poem as an invitation to pay attention in a deeper way. Here's a great explanation and reading by the poet himself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq2NfrNt9EU Have a listen --- I love what he says: "There is no area of competency you can enter that will keep you safe from the disappearances of life."
Everything is Waiting for You
by David Whyte
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone.
As if life were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions.
To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings.
Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus,
crowding out your solo voice
You must note the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things to come,
the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness
and ease into the conversation.
The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink,
the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness
and seen the good in you at last.
All the birds and creatures of the world
are unutterably themselves.
Everything is waiting for you.