Speaking to ourselves in love

On the wall above my desk, I have an excerpt from John O’Donohue’s Blessing for Matins:

May I live this day

Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.

+ John O’Donohue, from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, Bantam Press 2007

What might grow if we applied this to ourselves, rather than only taking it as an outward-facing imperative?

Perhaps we could become the change we wish to see in our world.

Just a thought.