Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Is Someone Else Pulling Your Strings?

“There is something in every one of you
that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.
It is the only true guide you will ever have.
And if you cannot hear it,
you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings
that somebody else pulls.”

-Howard Thurman

Be Alive Until You Are Not

The singular and cheerful life
of any flower
in anyone’s garden
or any still unowned field–

if there are any –
catches me
by the heart,
by its color,

by its obedience
to the holiest of laws:
be alive
until you are not.

-from “The Singular and Cheerful Life,” by Mary Oliver