These final lines from Mary Oliver’s famous “Poem 133: The Summer Day” feel like magic every time.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver, “Poem 133: The Summer Day”
In times of ambivalence and anxiety, these lines by the Pulitzer prize-winning, American poet Mary Oliver hit like a beautifully worded lightning bolt.
As with many of the writer’s words, they speak to the possibilities each of our lives holds — and remind us that even the smallest moments have meaning and power.
In just two lines, Oliver manages to ground us in the present, while rallying us to live our boldest dreams and truest callings right this moment. Not because it sounds nice. But because we’re capable. The next time you feel ambivalence creeping in, we invite you to reflect on these words and see what might shift for you, too.
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