This is a quote from a poem called Summer Day by Mary Oliver. My friend introduced me to it and I love it ❤️ .
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to run my own business and do something creative with my working life. I’ve been self employed for nearly 7 years now, but I still sometimes battle with this horrible dilemma of what I ‘should’ be doing and what I want to do... .
To me this poem says it all. And fills me with so much confidence in my decision to follow my heart and not conform to what society or other people think I ‘should’ be doing. .
To me it’s a gentle reminder of our mortality. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be aware of that, to embrace this very short space of time we have on this planet ❤️ .
The Summer Day
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?
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