Welcome 2012!

Whatever your resolutions or aspirations for this New Year may be, many blessings.  Over the holidays I’ve read several wonderful books, and have come along many great questions and quotes, like: ‘Is it possible that you can live your whole life and never meet the person living your life?’ (attribution unknown).  What a wonderful question to ask ourselves, and begin to ponder, at the start of this New Year.

Poet Mary Oliver expresses this thought in another way in a line from her poem “When I Am Among the Trees“.  While I may have shared this poem in an earlier blog, this particular line deserves repeating and resurfacing on this January 1: “I am so distant from the hope of myself“.

Here’s to a wonderful New Year in which we connect the hopes and dreams for ourselves with ourselves.

Happy New Year, Melody

Being Frisky

This past Friday I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Hospice Austin Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon which is such a blessing.  The following Mary Oliver poem called Prayer was read, and it spoke to me.  Perhaps it will speak to you. 

May we always be frisky … Melody

Mary Oliver

May I never not be frisky,
May I never not be risque.

May my ashes, when you have them, friend,
and give them to the ocean,

leap in the froth of the waves,
still loving movement,

still ready, beyond all else,
to dance for the world.