In my rereading of Terry Hershey’s The Power of Pause, I came across the following quote from the 19th Century English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only those who see take off their shoes,
The rest sit around and pluck blackberries.
Lord, give me the strength to resist the blackberries and the vision to take off my shoes…
[Oops! Alert reader John has pointed out that I originally typed “shores” instead of
“shoes.” Darn human imperfection!]