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redignify

“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything – other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion – that standing within this otherness – the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books – can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.”

None other than Mary Oliver (surprise)

Thoreau

My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature. To know his lurking places, to attend all the oratorios, the operas in nature.

– Thoreau

whimsical

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”

– Mary Oliver

sorrow

Love Sorrow

Love sorrow. She is yours now, and you must
take care of what has been
given. Brush her hair, help her
into her little coat, hold her hand,
especially when crossing a street. For, think,

what if you should lose her? Then you would be
sorrow yourself; her drawn face, her sleeplessness
would be yours. Take care, touch
her forehead that she feel herself not so

utterly alone. And smile, that she does not
altogether forget the world before the lesson.
Have patience in abundance. And do not
ever lie or ever leave her even for a moment

by herself, which is to say, possibly, again,
abandoned. She is strange, mute, difficult,
sometimes unmanageable but, remember, she is a child.
And amazing things can happen. And you may see,

as the two of you go
walking together in the morning light, how
little by little she relaxes; she looks about her;
she begins to grow.

– Mary Oliver

“I was a bride married to amazement.”

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

– Mary Oliver

Simple Pleasure # 20.00

Seeing “$20.00” exactly on the gas pump when I finish. I don’t think that simple pleasure needs to be explained further. And no, I did not pre-pay. I feel like I won the lottery every time that happens.