One Task

We are sent into life for one task: to enrich the lives of others.
– Gandhi
One Task

Each morning I awaken,
Brush my teeth
slather on sunscreen
take my vitamins
throw on clothes

And then I sit

In silence,
listening to the breath,
learning, repeating:
May I be happy
May I be well
May I be free from suffering
May I feel peace.

And then I sit longer, breathing,
wishing these things for you
because happiness, wellness, non-suffering and peace
All begin within.

These things I nurture
And then send them out to you
Because I AM
You are
every dedicated breath.

*Prompted by Susan at Poets United


*More information on Metta Meditation

45 thoughts on “One Task

  1. Mary says:

    Very thoughtful poem! I do think it helps to start a day with ‘happiness thoughts.’ For ourselves and others in our lives. We all deserve happiness.
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    • Kim Nelson says:

      It is the best way to start the day. I’ve noticed an improvement in every facet of my being since incorporating this practice into my daily life.

  2. totomai says:

    Indeed, you cannot share happiness if you are not. There are times that we need these quiet moments to know our worth in this life. From there, it will be a blast
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  3. Myrna says:

    Kim, I used to say the same prayer daily. Not sure why I stopped such a good habit. But thank you for letting those wishes out into the world. I wish the same for you.

    • Kim Nelson says:

      I am so thankful that you shared your feelings with me. One wonders if writing, art and actions have the effect we’d like. Blessings to you!!

  4. Eileen T O'Neill says:


    Loved this poem, which was more like a prayer to my mind. Thankful for the small mercies in life and therefore ready to ‘go forth,’ and enjoy all that the day might offer. Braced to exude this happiness with others.

    • Kim Nelson says:

      It makes a vast difference in the unfolding of every day. I am consistently amazed by the changes this daily practice has brought about.

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