On the cusp of 2015, we are given another opportunity to ask that question that poet Mary Oliver says so well, “…what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Even though we are given each new day as a possibility to be our authentic selves, some moments call us more strongly to examine our path. What one thing might we do to become whom we are supposed to be here? To give more of ourselves? To listen more deeply to those we love? To forge ahead with courage? To develop more compassion?
And now, in the midst of winter, here is Mary Oliver’s brilliant poem entitled “The Summer Day”:
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down 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?
from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA
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