“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” Mary Oliver
A few months ago, I fulfilled a major bucket list adventure; 14 glorious days rafting down the Colorado river and hiking within the Grand Canyon.
On one calm quiet stretch of river, when drifting was all that was required, one of our guides, Cassidy, put down the oars and said, “this is a beautiful stretch of the river (in my view there are no not beautiful stretches!) who would like to her some poetry?”
She read a few poems relating to life in the Canyon and then she read The Summer Day by Mary Oliver.
With the temperature hovering around 100°F/38°C, blue skies, no clouds and awesome rock formations were our stage.
It’s a lovely poem about being who you are and embracing your natural god given talents and assets. I listened completely enthralled by a sense of time and place and being utterly present to the sounds, smells, sights and feel of my surroundings.
As Cassidy finished reading, the Universe gently jolted me. “Please can you read the last line again?” I asked.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.”
It was as if that line at that time in that place had been crafted just for me.
What is it that I plan to do with MY one wild and precious life?
I mulled, pondered and wondered for a few minutes and then let it go – only because we were onto our next beautiful poem: another offering from Mary Oliver called Wild Geese.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves…”
Again I was enthralled and felt a strong resonance. And then the Universe spoke directly to me again through the last line.
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the World offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese…”
So not only was I being invited to share what I will do with my one wild and precious life, I was also being offered the world to ignite, provoke, challenge and inspire (my words) my imagination.
As I write this it’s been 3 months since that glorious afternoon and those words are sill speaking to my heart and soul. Asking fundamental, Universal and almost spiritual questions.
1. What DO I want to do with my one wild and precious life?
2. If the world offers itself to me, what can I imagine that will feel like such an offer has been graciously accepted?