october views: lingering in happiness
This in-between time when the weather can't quiet make up its mind yet. And once again, I'm chasing the sun, seabound. A guy with his guitar, serenading the sunset, may be one of the sweetest things I've heard in awhile.
The type of work that I do involves dealing with other people's suffering and sometimes its easy to get weighed down by it all. But I have to dwell on the things that bring me joy or I'll end up going home feeling tired and defeated all the time.
Tonight, I had such a wonderful evening hearing Mary Oliver read her poetry at a local theater. She is truly a gifted writer and I am still floating in the air, my heart full with everything that she shared with us. I never even knew about this reading until today, only to find out that the tickets were already sold out. But I called the box office anyway and what do you know, someone donated a ticket this afternoon and I got the last one!
When she read one of my favorites, Wild Geese, I had tears streaming down my face. Her words still ring so true to me as when I first read it, especially these lines:
"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."
Big hugs, my friends. I hope the sun is also shining where you are.