Mary Oliver, the American poet wrote
'You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. [...]'
In these few short words she opens up the possibility of another kind of life;
a life which is not ruled by the need to be good,
a life in which you can forgive your self for mistakes made,
a life in which you allow your self to know what it is you truly love.
If only for a minute, allow your self the luxury of imagining such a life!
What does it look like?
What does it sound like?
Who is in this one precious life of yours?
What do you spend your days doing?
Just for a moment hold back the avalanche of shoulds, musts and ought to's,
and make a note of what you see.
Then look at your life with new eyes,
and take one small step,
in the direction of your dreams.
More about Being 'Good'
Great excitement in our house today because it is Pancake Tuesday. Schedules have been co-ordinated and a time set for the making and consumption of pancakes. There will be lemon, sugar, maple syrup and chocolate spread, something to suit all tastes. We will be making a party out of an ordinary day.
This is one of the 'rules' of Living with Gifts
Celebrate it or lose it!
Today could pass by in a blur of 'just another day'. Instead we will celebrate our good health, the fact that we are together, the sun is shining and after all IT IS Pancake Tuesday!
What will you celebrate today??
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