Present Over Perfect – Day 17

Today’s chapter is Stars, and begins on page 94.

What a beautiful name for a chapter πŸ™‚

Shauna referenced a poem by Mary Oliver in today’s reading – The Journey.

I thought it would be neat to share the poem as part of our recap for today:

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.
β€˜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.

What a beautiful poem about learning to hear your own voice and finding the thing you were meant to do – instead of what everyone else around you thinks.

I love how Shauna made a reminder with her star necklace. I’ve never worn any piece of jewelry regularly beside my wedding ring. I have a necklace with a uniquely shaped charm. Maybe I’ll start wearing that each day and let the charm remind me to be still and silent.

How about you? What reminders could you implement during your day to practice stillness and silence?


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2 thoughts on “Present Over Perfect – Day 17

  1. I keep my journal in the same place, right where I put my phone overnight. I make a conscious decision every night to write or not to write. No forgetting since it is right there every night.

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