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Caretake This Moment

by Andrew Shier, Hancock, NH
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Following our IAAP Teleconference  sharing the topic on Thankfulness, this poem came to me. I feel it captures well the spirit of what we shared and how to be in our particular worlds Now.


Caretake this moment.
Immerse yourself in its particulars.
Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed.

 Quit the evasions.
Stop giving yourself needless trouble.
It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.
You are not some disinterested bystander.
Exert yourself.

 Respect your partnership with providence.
Ask yourself often, How may I perform this particular deed
such that it would be consistent with and acceptable to the divine will?
Heed the answer and get to work.

 When your doors are shut and your room is dark you are not alone.
The will of nature is within you as your natural genius is within.
Listen to its importunings.
Follow its directives.

As concerns the art of living, the material is your own life.
No great thing is created suddenly.
There must be time. 

Give your best and always be kind. 

~ Epictetus ~

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5 thoughts on “Caretake This Moment

  1. What a wonderful way to start the day. Listen to what the day and life brings and live to the fullest. We have so much to offer in this world of change.

  2. I appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge the pertinence and timing in which this poem is being shared. Thank you Andrew, for bringing this, particularly, as you stated, coming to you following this last teleconference on thankfulness. I always have such a sense of anticipation when we share on the teleconference calls. As a friend shared with me this summer; it is a time where world patterns, that are calling out to be clarified, can be. That includes what is in each one of us. This poem speaks into the clarification, individually and collectively.
    I have always thought of myself as the caregiver, so accepting the invitation to be the “caretaker of the moment” connotes a deepening in my personal perspective.
    As I read this poem many times, I chose to look up the definitions and then ponder some of the words therein, such as: care, providence, importunings directives, and alone.
    One definition I found for care as a noun was as one in watchful attention. Care as a verb was as having an inclination or concern about. Blending the two with the word take reminded me of the term: Carpe Diem, Seize the Day. As a caretaker exemplified in the here and now, I am able to seize the moment, the moments of every day. I take ownership of the property (the pnemaplasm) that I caretake.
    When we are on the teleconference calls together, I feel the gathering of our collective substance, and yet, ALL other moments disperse into our individual lives to contemplate what was shared and offer in Attunement wherever we are.
    I recall that during this last teleconference call, you said: “We are not alone.” Epictetus addresses this in the line from his poem: “When your doors are shut and your room is dark you are not alone.”
    The vibrational connection with so many others is apparent as I go about my day. Sometimes I say out loud that I am not alone. That makes my job as the caretaker one of efficiency and kindness, stabilizing my ability to be in the present moment. I find that it takes consistent practice to exercise this ability.
    For this, and so many other blessings, I give and take within the creative field of thankfulness.

  3. Truly beautiful and much needed poetic words to live with in these days of world chaos. Thank you Andrew.

  4. Thank you Andrew,

    Much food for thought here. I am reminded of the many instances when the Lord asked some of the prophets of old: “Where art thou?” And yes they were alive to what was required and were able to answer: “Yes, Lord, here I am.”
    At the close of a ‘full day,’ is there still an alertness there to answer that call in me?

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