What I Have Learned So Far …

                Well, not me, but our beloved Mary Oliver has this to say about that:
(and I must say, she’s got some of the best last lines in a poem that there are to be had!)

What I Have Learned So Far

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.

~ Mary Oliver

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One Response to What I Have Learned So Far …

  1. Mary says:

    Yes! I sent this to Barack in 2007 after he spoke at a University in the south (?) and the students greeted him with such delight and passion that I thought – He is igniting them; I love him for this!! Then, lo and behold I discover this poem a few days later. So, off to Barack it went with the admonition to ‘tuck it away in your pocket and draw on it when you feel the moment is getting too big to hold’…Well, maybe he is having to hold too many of these moments; can’t second guess just now. Anyway, maybe time to send again – ya think?? Also in that note the suggestion that his first order of business be the appointment of MO as the poet laureate 🙂 Was she ever? If not there is some lobbying to do, yes??

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