December 8 – What was the quote or saying that most resonated with you this past year?
Was there any quote, mantra or saying that really spoke to you? Helped you through something? Made you smile?
This one is easy for me. It is the poetry of Mary Oliver – as a whole. My friend Roxanne over at Stories of Conflict and Love quoted her to me earlier this year and it was like a bolt of lightning coursed through my body.
I know that sounds harsh after all – it’s lightning. But I mean for it to describe that sensation of exhilaration, goosebumps – that feeling you get when you read something and the words, the depth, the energy of it seeps into your body so profoundly and suddenly, that there is this shifting within your soul. And you can feel it! You know that feeling when it happens. It doesn’t happen often. But when it does, oh my!
The soul is stirring because it has been touched by something – something new and yet so entirely familiar that it is like going home – returning to that favorite moment or spot in time where you felt the most safe, secure and free.
That is what the poetry of Mary Oliver is to me.
Here is one of my favorites…although it is hard, albeit impossible to really single out just one poem by Mary Oliver. I posted it on here earlier last Summer, I hope you don’t mind me posting it again.
Mornings at Blackwater
by Mary Oliver (from “Red Bird: Poems”)
For years, every morning, I drank
from Blackwater Pond.
It was flavored with oak leaves and also, no doubt,
the feet of ducks.
And always it assuaged me
from the dry bowl of the very far past.
What I want to say is
that the past is the past,
and the present is what your life is,
and you are capable
of choosing what that will be,
So come to the pond,
or the river of your imagination,
or the harbor of your longing,
and put your lips to the world.