Mary Oliver

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.

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

Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and loving.

I don’t ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing.

Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride, married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.

The dream of my life is to lie down by a slow river and stare at the light in the trees – to learn something by being nothing.

Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks – 6:30
Chris Thile Reads “The Journey” – 2:14
Why I Wake Early – 0:51
Listening to the World: On Being – 51:31
A Thousand Mornings: On Being – 6:45
Helena Bonham Carter reads “Wild Geese” – 2:57
What I Have Learned So Far – Marquette students – 2:40