Thursday, September 2, 2010

Poem: We Cannot Do Everything

This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
Knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything and there is a 

sense of liberation in knowing that.
This enables us to do something and to do it very well.
Oscar Romero – former Archbishop of San Salvador (1917-1980)

We cannot do everything.
Is that the point?

We choose,
We lead,
We better the world
By what we do,

But choose wisely,
Do it well
Whatever you do,

Liberate yourself
From perfection,

Do things that matter,

Plant a seed,
Let others reap the fruit,
Express your humanity,
Give of yourself
Then let it grow,

Don’t worry
So much
About everything,
Just care about

Have faith
In the good you do,
In the kindness
You extend,

Your life is a blessing
To someone,
Your life is a blessing
To you

We cannot do everything
Just something that feeds 
a soul.


  1. This would be a great general post also, though most all would be from this blog, imho. I love this stanza:

    Have faith
    In the good you do,
    In the kindness
    You extend

    We do what we do, hopefully more times than not from a place of kindness, and keep moving to the next possibility, not knowing where it all goes. Trusting in the recipient to sort that out. If we keep at it we can't spend much time thinking about results--they will happen. :-)

    Love, Judy

  2. They indeed will. Letting go of the worry and just acting with faith - now that is a goal to work toward. Thanks for your wonderful and wise comments.