A love of life without Plan B

We are so used to being in control.

Of being able to plan and make provision for every eventuality.

But what if we focused on loving life rather than using our time as a test run?

Because I am not sure we have fully grasped that there is only now…

“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” Mary Oliver

And we can choose to live fully each day without holding back.

Knowing that at each stage, a new story unfolds.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

~ The last line of Mary Oliver’s poem ‘When Death Comes’ in Wild Geese: Selected Poems, Bloodaxe Books, 2004

This week

A few good words

I am still enjoying David Brooks’ new book How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply, Allen Lane, 2024.

To quote from the blurb: “There are few finer guides to a life better lived than the wise, entertaining and immaculately researched How to Know a Person. This is a beautiful book about the most important skill there is – human connection. It really might just change your life.” Will Storr, author of The Science of Storytelling and The Status Game.

For a taster of the book and David’s storytelling skills, view his talk to the Free Library of Philadelphia in November: David Brooks | How to Know a Person

Enjoy 🌿