I use the lines from Mary Oliver which speak to paying attention, being astonished, and telling about it often. I find it applies to so many things: nature, of course, but also words that I read, objects that I find and touch, people and our conversation, both joys and pain. My recent posts about paying attention with not only our eyes and ears but also our sense of smell sharpened my savoring of these extraordinary peaches! They are a wonder to behold with their brilliant crimson and saffron colors, soft to the touch, and a succulent treat as you taste their sweetness. Even the seeds are so beautiful I can’t throw them away. I have them lined up ready to let my granddaughter help me plant them. When I enjoy a peach for breakfast, how could I not be attentive to the way it is beautiful inside and out?
“Ten times a day, something happens to me lie this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathetic pin and swell. This is the first, the wildest, and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~ Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1
“You can have the other words – chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it. ” ~ Mary Oliver, Winter Hours