It is pitch dark outside as I write this, but dawn is about to break. I offer the day ahead my burdens, hopes, challenges, and longings. Today I turn to the Chinese-American philosopher Deng Ming-Dao:

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All we need is the morning.
As long as there is sunrise,
then there is the possibility
that we can face all of our misfortunes,
celebrate all our blessings,
and live all our endeavors as human beings. 

Spirituality is something that has become
necessary in these troubled times.
Yet it is inherently superfluous.
We need it to remind ourselves,
to bolster ourselves,
to integrate ourselves,
to fulfill ourselves.

If we could simply acknowledge
the mystery of night
and the glory of morning,
we would need neither civilization nor spirituality.
At its simplest, life begins with dawn.
That is blessing enough.
All else becomes fullness immeasurable. 

At dawn, kneel down and give thanks
for this wonderful event.
We may think mornings are so common
they are unworthy of veneration,
but do you realize most places in the cosmos
do not have mornings?

This daily event is our supreme goodness. 

Greet the dawn.
That is your miracle to witness.
That is the ultimate beauty.
That is sacredness.
That is your gift from heaven.
That is your omen of prophesy.
That is knowledge that life is not futile.
That is enlightenment.
That is your meaning in life.
That is your directive.
That is your comfort.
That is the solemnity of duty.
That is inspiration for compassion.
That is the light of the ultimate.”

-Deng Ming-Dao 

The aroma of coffee filled my nostrils as I focused on the words in front of me. The laundry was on its final cycle, my lunch and breakfast were cooked, the cats fed, and the apartment tidied up.

I greet the dawn with hope, serenity, sorrow, sadness, but peace.