on another topic, my dear friend (other) Linda shared her favorite poem with me a while ago, and it is just so gentle and wonderful...fits my mood today - nearly flattened with gratitude for what I have, and what is about to be. (and the dream about being at a huge house party & dancing the night away with Mick jagger has nothing to do with it!) (Mick Jagger???).
To me, this poem is about announcing your Selfness to the world, not so much about being sad or mourning. This life goes forward, yes? and whether we choose to stand still in despair or not, it is moving forward. think of watching a video, with the little bar at the bottom counting out the seconds spent, and seconds remaining. We may choose to stay in one spot, mentally, but the time goes forward - it's just that you spent all that time not progressing. Anyway, here's the poem:
Wild GeeseYou 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.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~ Mary Oliver ~