Love Letters

Monday Love

Oh my darling! Close your computer, turn off your phone, shut down your ipad. Stop what you’re doing and go outside. Now.

Stare at the sky. Take a deep breath. Watch a bird or wonder over the path of a rollie pollie going about it’s day.

That’s it. Do it for as long as you can manage to stay still and wonder. Do it as though your life depends on it.

Take another deep breath. Return to what you were doing…

Or, if in that moment of stillness something got sparked. Do that.

That’s your intuition talking, and it’s never wrong.

I love you.


P.S. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean –
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down –
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

–Mary Oliver

Photo by Alex Bargain

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