You Do Not Have to Be Good
Mar 13, 2019
Welcome to mud and flowers.
Spring is here!
Are you feelin' it? Resurrection? Mother Earth awakening? Beginnings?
It is a time when geese get on the move again and a time for the immortal poem of Mary Oliver.
Time to leave the office, the boardroom, the shop, or the classroom, and go for a walk.
by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.