Birthdays and Journies

Today my odometer rolled over to 69000 miles . . .wow, that’s getting up there. Birthdays are weird. They are not different kinds of days, really, but when you are getting older than you ever thought you’d be, it does give pause. Here’s a photo I took a couple of years ago of my old track shoes – nice visual metaphor. I walk to the track early every morning and have for years – it’s my meditation time. And here’s one of my favorite Mary Oliver poems. Seems appropriate. . . thanks for being part of the journey, dear friends!

The Journey


One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver ~





7 thoughts on “Birthdays and Journies

  1. Happy Birthday Lyn! You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your gifts in the ways you do…..and I LOVE this Mary Oliver poem…one of my favorites from her.

  2. [turns on the Champagne Fountain, checks to make sure the nibblies are all in place on the long buffet, then scurries off to fetch the sparklers for your six-tiered cake, which is suitably decorated with little marzipan faces in a familiar style …]

  3. Birthday shouts from DC (and a fellow life traverler who clocked 69,000 a few months ago and also can’t quite compute how I got from the 60’s to my own 60’s in an eyeblink)! I know it will be a creative, cultural joyful day for you and am glad to add good wishes to the others here.

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