fauna

Wild Geese

 

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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.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

- Mary Oliver

[photo of sandhill cranes(gathering and flying home from Gainesville now) by Anthony Rue]


The wisdom of no escape

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There is a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects, and animals, and birds. All of us are the same. 

A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring if the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness or prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we're committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we're going to run; we'll never know what's beyond that particular barrier, or wall, or fearful thing. 

Pema Chodron 

[PHOTO: Robins are traveling through - and sandhill cranes are gathering and going; it's February. Lovely photo by my friend, Warren Nielsen]