We’re just back from our annual spring pilgrimage to England to visit historic homes and gardens. This year we ventured to Cornwall, and at Lanhydrock I found this “ancient prayer.” I’m not sure how ancient it is, but it sure is relevant today — an ideal meditation on living a life of clarity:
Give me a good digestion, Lord,
And also something to digest
Give me a healthy body, Lord,
With sense to keep it at its best.
Give me a healthy mind, O Lord,
To keep the good and pure in sight,
Which seeing wrong is not appalled
But finds a way to set it right.
Give me a mind that is not bored,
That does not whimper, whine or sigh.
Don’t let me worry overmuch
About that fussy thing called “I.”
Give me a sense of humour, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some happiness from life
And pass it on to other folk.