Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
I wrote this quote by Mary Oliver on the board for my workshop participants to read and it made us all think a little deeper. I’m not sure any of us felt in that moment that life turned out the way we planned but it sure has been a wild ride!
The fact is, most of the time it feels like life is happening to us rather than that we are the architects of our future. The combination of life happening, mixed with our own designs, is what makes life complex and precious at that same time.
After pondering the quote further it appeared to give us more resolve to look at life as deserving of more attention in order to truly live better. I asked the class, “What do you fear?” and one young woman said, “Not living up to my potential.” We all nodded in agreement and a very powerful discussion followed.
Life gives us opportunity to understand its precious notes through birth and death. Its unpredictable movements keeps us on our toes and can be both exhilarating and exhausting. The randomness of events and people who become apart of our story can be utterly confusing – until we choose to attach meaning.
My hope is, that as we move through this year and into the next we remember that this is our one wild and precious life so let’s be ready for more adventure. Let’s say, “Yes” often to experience more joy and to push beyond our fear of the unknown. Make our “No” non-negotiable when it needs to be. Let’s keep the plans and dreams alive so as to show life we were made for it.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!