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Today’s selection is a poem by Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), from the book, LovePoems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and the West, selected and translated by Daniel Ladinsky.


All day long a little burro labors, sometimes

with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries

about things that bother only


And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting

than physical labor.

Once in a while a kind monk comes

to her stable and brings

a pear, but more

than that,

he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her ears

and for a few seconds the burro is free

and even seems to laugh,

because love does that.

Love frees.

Here’s my only comment.

In the next 24 hours you will live 1,440 minutes.

Why not spend at least one of those minutes—just 60 seconds—truly being with someone and looking into their eyes and letting them know just how special they are. Why not spend one minute being with them in a way that will perhaps spark laughter and lighten their burdens—even if just for a moment.

After all, we’re all unique. We’re all valuable. We’re all special. And we all have burdens.