Give me this day a focus of mind,
a love of the word,
a willingness to try to understand those who confound me,
a patience with my own shortcomings,
a forgiveness for every time I didn’t write as well as I might have,
compassion from those I’ve hurt,
tolerance for those who have offended me.
Open my heart to the world in all its mysteries and contradictions.
Keep me from pride.
Keep me from envy.
Help me to be thankful,
to be ever mindful of this gift,