Thankful Thursday: How to sleep & write

Step off assuredly into the blank of your mind.

Something will come to you.

- Richard Wilbur

This week I stumbled across these words and took them as encouragement. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for gentle reminders.

The line is from Walking to Sleep, a poem by Richard Wilbur — but I didn't know the lines were from a poem, and didn't even know it was referring to sleep (I found the lines here, in an interview with Anne Tyler). Later, I found the poem and an interview in which Wilbur says "this is a poem about advising someone else on how to get off to sleep."

All week I thought he was offering an insider tip on how to write. But no matter, we take words when and how we need 'em. Maybe my gratitude is for these words, and maybe my gratitude is for the pathways that lead to the people and places that harbor just what I need.


Gratitude. Appreciation. Praise.

It's Thankful Thursday, a weekly pause to express appreciation for people, places, things, and more.

What are you thankful for today?