“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asked Mary Oliver.
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately because Wayne Dyer, Wes Craven, and Oliver Sacks all died within a couple days of each other.
Wayne Dyer taught me not to look backwards, at the wake left behind me. Instead, I keep my eyes focused on where I want to go and who I want to be.
“Imagine a boat going down the river,” said Dyer. “When you’re standing at the back of the boat, looking at the water as you’re going along at forty knots, what you see there is the wake. The wake is the trail that’s left behind.
You can ask the question, ‘What’s making the boat go forward?’ It can’t be the wake. The wake can’t drive the boat. It’s just the trail left behind. It can’t make the boat go forward, any more than the trail that you’ve left behind in your life is responsible for where you’re going now in your life.”
The wake behind you is no longer useful or necessary. Don’t let it drag you under, or anchor you in a place you don’t want to be.
What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
As for us, our life is like grass.
We grow and blossom like wildflowers;
Then the wind blows, and we are gone –
No one sees us again.
– Psalm 103:15-16
Blessings and Blossoms,
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The only thing you can do with your life is give it away.
The best, happiest moments in your life are always
When you’re giving something away.
– Wayne Dyer