Mary Oliver died last week ( Jan. 17th), the day I was packing for my first guided retreat in Spain and making sure I wasn’t forgetting her “One Thousand Mornings”. She was someone I admired and respected so much. I discovered her writings as an adult (another reason why I like homeschooling!), and I felt so touched by her poems.
I liked they way she connected (or how she found the connection between) nature and spirituality. It makes so much sense to me, especially in the last five years when I’ve lived surrounded by nature and chose to NOT live in a city. I feel invited to borrow her words when I can’t find my own. And I think that was her gift to many of us.
I was so moving to see how many people I know, or follow or admire (or the combination of the 3) were touched not just by her passing but by her poetry. It seems that she was our common muse, teacher, mentor…
Many artists and writers I follow posted something that day. There was a massive wave of Mary Oliver’s quotes on social media that Thursday and all over the weekend. I was so impressed.
Here’s a tiny piece of the big flow of posts from last weekend:
She certainly left us all thinking and pondering… And I thought “How generous she was, not keeping her gift for herself but sharing it with all of us!”
I am SO rateful for her gift to the world.
She inspired us, guided us, helped us heal, taught us…
She challenged us to LIVE WELL and to PAY ATTENTION.
She certainly did something with her wild and precious life… Now it’s our turn.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
– Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Thank you, Mary! See you in Heaven!