Monday, 27 February 2012
Welcome to the week
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.
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, Dream Work
If I am down there is nothing like Mary Oliver's words to pick me up and I think this poem is particularly good at reminding me that there is more going on, a continuum that can sweep you up and make you feel part of something bigger.
I for one am feeling positive today and looking forward to what is coming up- I hope you are all well too. Lets get the week started.
Love Jo x