My Quan Yin
When I think about my Quan Yin Buddha
who reclines outside my office door
on the long Tibetan table, I wonder
about her journey to me,
who created her and where she was born.
During the course of one day, I must pass her
a dozen times or so, on my way somewhere:
to the kitchen or the bathroom or to my car for errands.
She patiently watches and only on rare moments like this,
do I stop and stare into her eyes and thank her
for being in my life and reminding me
of the importance of compassion.
How many times during the course of a day
do we pass objects in our homes,
without offering acknowledgment or thanks?
I decide to bring this new ritual into my life,
a thank you, a nod, a bow to this object
who represents all that is important
in this world we inhabit
during both dark and light times.
Diana Raab, PhD, is an award-winning memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker. She is the author of ten books and is a contributor to numerous journals and anthologies. Her two latest books are Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life and Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal. Her poetry chapbook, An Imaginary Affair, was recently published in July 2022 with Finishing Line Press. She blogs for Psychology Today, Thrive Global, Sixty and Me, Good Men Project, and The Wisdom Daily and is a frequent guest blogger for various other sites. Visit: www.dianaraab.com.