John O’Donohue’s “This Is the Time to Be Slow”

This Is the Time to Be Slow
by John O’Donohue

This is the time to be slow

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes

 

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.

 

If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.

 

John O’Donohue, “This Is the Time to Be Slow.” From To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. Penguin Random House, 2008. Suggested to the Humanities Institute by Professor Kristie Loescher, McCombs School of Business, UT Austin.

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