WW Walt Whitman Say

In Whitman’s poem I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, he suggests that numbers and diagrams are nothing without a little magic mixed in. Instead of a lecture, he chooses to ‘wander off by himself in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, look up in perfect silence at the stars.’

I too feel that wonderment is vital for a full, rich existence. Finding joy in life is not always easy. It is a constant struggle for many of us. In Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, he steers us to a direction of positive change through self-talk and visualization. He explains the notion of doing the same thing every day (favorite coffee mug, same way to work, same dinner choices) lead to the same results. If we truly want positive change in our lives, we must start with little changes and with a vision of what our lives will look like.

So tomorrow morning, I’m going to get up on the other side of the bed, drink from an unfamiliar cup with my coffee, and drive one street over from my regular route. I will inhale the moist morning air and be grateful for all that is.

Who knows where this may lead…





Amy enjoys using poetic language to capture the essence of the ordinary. Her work has been published in Word-Dancers: The Poets of Southwest Florida and Florida Weekly.

(1) Comment

  • Kathy
    April 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Wonderful reminder, and well written. I loved it!

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