Mary Oliver has a magical way of writing. There is a simplicity in her writing that is moving and stirring. It always gently reminds us that we are not alone even when we are alone. We are part of a larger complex called humanity which has many common shared loves and pains. When we pause, even for a moment, we get a sense of this largesse.
I want to write something
or about pain
as you are reading
you feel it
and as you read
you keep feeling it
and though it be my story
it will be common,
though it be singular
it will be known to you
so that by the end
you will think—
no, you will realize—
that it was all the while
yourself arranging the words,
that it was all the time
words that you yourself,
out of your heart
had been saying.
I posted this on the whiteboards in my classroom several years ago. Parents and students would stop and read it occasionally and I would remind students about it. It is interesting how childhood stories have deep and lasting meaning for us. We only have to be open to the messages.
Originally posted on A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces:
It took a couple of weeks to re-blog this, but I held onto it because it is a beautiful play on words and the way we see the world. I often refer to myself as the prototypical Type A person who is blessed with a a Type B person in Kathy. But, we both enjoy Tai Pei.
Originally posted on Tuesdays with Laurie:
- To gain insight into our learning styles, tendencies, and blind spots.
- To leverage our strengths and talents for the company’s benefit.
When I was in the corporate world, it was determined that I’m an ENTP on the Myers Briggs, a Maximizer on Strengthsfinder, a high D on the DISC, and orange on the True Colors assessment. Bottom line on top: a Type A personality.
Henry David Thoreau wrote this poem at a time he could not have foreseen where we are with the thousands of appliances. He thought it was only a thousand appliances. There are times I get lost in them and forget they are separate from me and only tools that enable a particular job. At the same, I realize used wisely they advance life and the tasks involved.
The arts and sciences blend together, but I would take it a step further and suggest that the spiritual and the sciences are not separate from each other. When I take time and see life through a lens that allows me to understand what is at hand, I can make wiser decisions and feel that wind blow.
Men say they know many things;
But lo! they have taken wings, —
The arts and sciences,
And a thousand appliances;
The wind that blows
Is all that any body knows.
Technology is here and keeps moving forward. It means we should consider the ways we use the tools and ask questions about their impacts on us as humans and the world we live in going from local to global. I loved the quotes from Thoreau and Merton which points us towards use of technology requiring a mindful stance. We sometimes forget that part.
Originally posted on through the luminary lens:
This weeks photo challenge asks us to create a three photo story. The first, a broad photo of your subject; the second, a relationship with 2 elements interacting with each other; the third, a detail of one part of your subject.
~ Here is the story, Our Home on the Lake, narrated by Thomas Merton ~
Thoreau sat in his cabin and criticized the railways. I sit in mine and wonder about a world that has – well, progressed.
I am not sure where this is located, but it is spectacular. I was reminded of La Chute Montmorency which is just outside Quebec City. Despite the power, during the winter they partially freeze up which contrasts the power of the falls during the summer months.