Friday, November 11, 2011

Journey into November

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you want to scream DO-OVER!
But wait, don't. I don't think I'd want to do this week over.

We had a ton of things to accomplish after our 10-day vacation. And now that we're finally at Friday-- I can breathe.

{Everyone take a deep breath with me. Breathe in let the breath swirl up in you head and exhale pushing your breath out through your limbs.}

But, we have a weekend jammed full of amazing people, relaxing places and Christmas shopping.

Oh, I love the season we're in but, I'm putting on the breaks. I was reminded of the Mary Oliver poem, The Journey. So fitting. Listen to what your life is telling you.

Let's join together in the spirit of November.  And I will tread lightly through this season.

Slow, November. Enjoy, November.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice ‑
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible. 
It was already late                                                                               
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do ‑
determined to save
the only life you could save.

          - Mary Oliver

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