Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Journey

I don't think I've ever posted something that wasn't mine. Until now. This is from a collection of quotes my yoga class submitted to the instructor. Today she sent out the compilation. I barely scanned the long page, yet this one demanded my attention...and continues to hold it.

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

1 comment:

whoinsamhill said...

Find out what you like to do and then do it. That's what I always say. That's the saving grace, been my saving grace in later years. I guess you could call it your own voice. Only then can the voice resonate with others.