“To Err is Human” Seriously!?

A famous poem gives us the proverb, To err is human, to forgive is Divine. Ironically though, my prayer to the Divine is not for forgiveness, but to err less, even as I come to terms with the acute imperfection of my humanity, I can brook no personal laziness or lack of mindfulness. From others, sure. From myself, never.

Reminded yet again of my humanity, by a friend who kicks herself for making mistakes, I share my own humble plea to the Lord for the too many moments that I am less than perfect.

𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐋𝐚𝐭𝐞

My Lord, please don’t let me be even five minutes late
Because five minutes late is far too late

Five minutes late in my realization leads to
Five minutes late in my action and
Five minutes late to the result
And that’s really far too late

When you talk to me
I need Your meaning now
Not five minutes later as is usually the case

I need presence of mind
Truth in real time
Five minutes late is far too far behind

The mind races this way and that – incessantly
My illusion compounding – dramatically

Five minutes leads to five days,
days to years
My Lord, please!

When my baby has a tummy ache
Her mother cries in pain
I need to know immediately
N + ΦB (M) = instability

I must put it together with alacrity
No mediocrity for me
I would dance with serendipity
Feel the brush of her cheek in real time

I’m fifty now – not another moment to waste
Certainly not five of them!

These are the Word of the Lord.
Amen