I am a regular reader of this lovely blog, Lady Prism who is always quoting Mary Oliver. Why have I missed this writer all these years? Reading some of her works, I am reminded of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I didn’t even know her name until a few months ago. Sometimes, her words touch you to the core.
“Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
Wow, these words made me think and ask these questions? Am I happy with this life I am leading? Is there something more that I want to achieve? Am I just freely flowing with the tide, slowing down one moment and rapidly making waves the next? When you think of life, you think of your Creator and this world is so vast you wonder if you are making even just a dent on it. Will you be remembered the way you want to when you are gone?
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
Yes, every one of us probably dreams of one legacy to leave behind. Were you, are you, or will you be the good example that people would remember? I know we will always want to be remembered doing some good deeds for our fellowmen than just being a name in the obituary page. Morbid you say? In the end, it would not matter if we lived a life but it’s how we lived it that counts.
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”
I definitely agree – one finds happiness in simple things and it is amazing how everyday, we encounter something that sometimes changes our attitude towards life
“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.”
Everyday is a blessing . Let your five senses feel – God is near! Have you ever had that feeling of oneness with the universe while you are admiring a beautiful landscape or watching a child smile and curl up her tiny hands in yours? Were you ever excited waiting for the sunrise and seeing a beautiful sunset? Amazing isn’t it that even a simple bloom would make you swoon and say, what a beautiful life. At one point, we reach some crossroads and we feel afraid to take the untrodden paths. God leads us anywhere we want to go though sometimes, we are afraid. Trust me, He says and we should. He will hold our hands and carry us even when we are afraid to take another step.