Today was a hectic day subbing at the junior high. Because of my long hair and beard (and perhaps my fairly gentle and chill demeanor), the kids at the junior high call me Jesus.
In the midst of aforementioned hectic day, I noticed this quote:
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
The quote was tucked away behind a desk, but I’d like to broadcast every day to every kid in every school. Oh yeah, and let it really sink into the mind of every adult.
The deeply precious nature of life has been one of the more subtle but central points in my spiritual growth during the last few years. I think that other spiritual concepts have been more consciously known to me, but one of my deepest inner motivations has been to appreciate and honor the sacred gift of living.
Until the last few years, I often found myself working jobs that were less than thrilling to me, or doing things that were not meaningful. The system of American life has a way of kind of sweeping us along, defining us in ways that are not altogether life-giving and vibrant for us.
I think many of our national problems would resolve themselves (and more quickly than we might think) if we all made a real effort to do the things in our lives that are life-giving. Because we go along with the system, it keeps the system going. Why do so many good people trade in their one-and-only life for something less than ideal?