This is the precious present,
regardless of what yesterday was like,
regardless of what tomorrow may bring.
When your inner eyes open,
you can find immense beauty hidden
within the inconsequential details of daily life.
When your inner ears open,
you can hear the subtle, lovely music
of the universe everywhere you go.
When the heart of your heart opens,
you can take deep pleasure
in the company of the people around you --
family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers --
including those whose characters are less than perfect,
just as your character is less than perfect.
When you are open to the beauty, mystery,
and grandeur of ordinary existence,
you "get it" that it always has been
beautiful, mysterious, and grand
and always will be.
This is the precious present.
~ Timothy Ray Miller