John O’Donohue’s The Inner History of a Day

Categories: Courage,Noticing


Read or say out loud: The Inner History of a Day

–John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us, Doubleday, 2008.


There are several lines I just love in this poem: “the eucharist of the ordinary” and “being betrothed to the unknown.” First, because when we are willing to take notice of the smallest details of our lives (easy now that spring is coming on and there are so many small things to notice) and realize the beauty and sacrifice of each. And when we recognize, with faith, that we don’t know exactly how things will unfold, we don’t know who we will meet next, or what event will come to pass, but we are married to it anyway—this life, this celebration, this not knowing everything for sure, but being courageous about it anyway.




Libby Wagner
Author: Libby Wagner

Libby makes her home in a lovely West Seattle neighborhood in a house with turquoise walls and an amazing view of the Puget sound and Olympic mountains. A former Air Force “brat”, she continues to bounce from one corner of the world to the other, working with Fortune 500 clients, hopeful artists and authors, and aspiring entrepreneurs. She has a Master’s in Fine Arts and Poetry from Eastern Washington University where she also began working in the Writers in the Prison program.