One of the most moving poets alive today, Mary Oliver, is 40 years older than me. In her words I find my voice this New Year’s Eve.
This is an excerpt from In Blackwater Woods: “To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
May 2017 be the new year, when we learn to love, to love what is mortal with complete recognition of its inherent nature, and to let go when the time comes. May it bring us joy in the moment, peace in our hearts, and unbridled love for all our fellow beings.
For me, my goal is to try and live without complaining or judging. Each year, I make outward goals, but this new year, I begin my inner journey in earnest. So if you ever hear me rant or whine or judge, please step right up and stop me in my tracks with a reminder.
How are you celebrating the New Year? What’s the one change you’d like to see in your life in 2017? Is it internal or external? What did you love about 2016, and wish to continue on into the New Year?
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