Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

~Mary Oliver, Pulitzer prize-winning poet.

I listened to a podcast with the prolific poet, Mary Oliver in an interview with Krista Tippett, On Being this morning.

Here we have a modern day poet, in her 80’s who’s written her entire life, by waking up around 5am each morning, taking her notebook out into nature and noticing, recording and sharing her insights. Her life hasn’t been easy, her practice has been laborious and consistent and her words will live long past she has. I loved the way she described her process, of being present and noticing. That gift we all have access to, and how much more living it can bring to our life.

I’m falling in love with poetry these days. The power in the words, the ability for it to move us, stay with us, remind us.

This poem, and this question stood out from her poem, The Summer’s Day that end’s with these lines.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?

Makes you stop and think doesn’t it — how present can you be to your environment, and also your being? Can you create poetry with your life. By sharing your truths and insights in whatever format that takes? You have the ability to heal, help, innovate, encourage and love by being vulnerable enough to surrender and show up fully as yourself.

What are some of your favorite poems or poets? What line stays with you, feeds you or brings emotion to your life?

If you had one line to describe the truth in your life right now, what would it be?

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