The good news – by Thich Nhat Hanh

An excerpt from Call Me by My True Names by the modern Buddhist poet, Thich Nhat Hanh:

They don’t publish the good news.
The good news is published by us.
We have a special edition every moment, and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive, and the linden tree is still there, standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you, and your arms are available: hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk, smiling its wondrous smile, singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it. Bow your head. Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow and preoccupation and get free.
The latest good news is that you can do it.

[Photo by yours truly. Do you have any good news to share?]

4 thoughts on “The good news – by Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. Thanks.I always enjoy reading your emails and words of wisdom.Not only learning but trying to UNLEARN some habits/concepts picked up as I ”grew”

    Thanks Mush,I mean it.
    Farooq Shaikh


  2. Loved the post. I was put off by johaan’s (my son) health last week however reading the line – ‘The good news is that your child is there before you, and your arms are available: hugging is possible’ , made me forget my worries and gave me a reason to smile 🙂 Thanks for that.


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