Lately life has felt like it's moving at a rapid speed -- I mean, the year is half over! (Wasn't it just New Years, like, yesterday?) To me, it's such a powerless feeling when time is ticking away and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Even though it's so cliche, as you get older time really does seem to fly by incredibly fast. Why do the years seem to go by faster as you truly begin to understand and value how precious every day is?
Last night at yoga class our instructor read "Wild Geese," a poem by Mary Oliver, and it really resonated with me. I found it to be so encouraging and uplifting. Sure; you can focus on feelings of hopelessness and sadness, but what is the point? "Meanwhile, the world goes on." To live is truly a gift....and the world is there for you every day with its many possibilities. Sometimes it's hard to be positive -- even though I consider myself to be a "glass half full" kind of person. But no matter how rough your day may be, life goes on. And you only have this one life, so why not make the best of it and soldier on? I need to remember this the next time I'm dwelling on the little things. Focus on the big picture, and it's likely your problems won't seem to matter as much.
I want to leave you with Mary Oliver's words, and I hope they inspire you, too. Have a beautiful weekend ♥
"Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Photo by Elizabeth Weinberg