Pay attention

Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 

― Mary Oliver, poet,
who died yesterday at the age of 83

I’m don’t spend much time with poetry but I have loved the words of Mary Oliver. These words are going into my notebook so I can carry them closely. Such very good advice.

As I have been working on letting REST become a practice and a rhythm, I have become aware of how un-restful my days can be. With a calendar and list of things to do it is easy to move through the hours without paying attention. This day, I plan to walk with my eyes wide open, paying attention, and best of all, ready to be astonished.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

11 thoughts on “Pay attention

  1. I love reading words that are distilled down to their simplest form – like these from Mary Oliver and the poetry of Pollan’s “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. She had a gift and will be missed.

  2. Great reminder! We did have a few really nice days in a row, didn’t we? We even took a nice dry walk! Helped out with the local grand kids on Friday afternoon and most of Monday. I lost three games of Open Wide, too! During much of the past week I’ve been yarn-sorting, can you believe it?

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