Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Will You Do With Your One Wild and Precious Life?

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
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?
I just had the privilege of spending the weekend with my beloved in the mountains of Virginia.

We hiked the Appalachian trail.  We ate raisins and nuts and M&Ms and drank coffee.  We watched the sun set and listened to the sound of strange creatures (birds!) chirping. 

This is heady stuff for a city girl like me!

I was touched by how beautiful the wilderness can be and how easy it is to get out of touch with REALITY.

Marketing for Nonprofits started as a blog about marketing but lately it's a blog about life.  Because in the end of the day, we're all selling something and we all have important questions to answer about who we want to "shill" for and how we want to live in and leave the world.  And these are more interesting questions to me - now.

I don't mean to be morbid but life is really short. 

As Mary Oliver so eloquently says, "doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?"

If you're a young reader, you may not understand these words.  If you're over 40, you will resonate with her wisdom.

You (and I) only have one wild and precious life?

How will you spend your days?  Where will you work?  Who will you love?  What will you become?



Ned said...

Love the poem and the post. Thanks Jocelyn!

Jocelyn said...

Thanks, Ned! I miss you! XO, J

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