“What I have learned so far…”

Occassionally, I run into quotes, book passages, poems that, more than usual, arrest me. Especially as I start to think — or at least start to think in a more organized way — about this idea of living with intention. I’d like to share them with you, hear your thoughts, your perspective. And as you stumble on similar things, feel free to share.

This one is especially good.

What I Have Learned So Far

By: Mary Oliver

Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I

not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside,

looking into the shining world? Because, properly

attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.

Can one be passionate about the just, the

ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit

to no labor in its cause? I don’t think so.

All summations have a beginning, all effect has a

story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.

Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of

light is the crossroads of—indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.


One thought on ““What I have learned so far…”

  1. “Be ignited or be gone” is as good a prayer as any I know. The challenge is to be ignited and yet have the calm to sit on the hill and soak in the radiance. Us twitchy types are quick to ignite, but very hard to calm…

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