Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured Loneliness with Grace?
I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.
Actually, I probably think too much.
Then I step out into the garden, where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,
is tending his children, the roses.
– Mary Oliver
I’m a big fan of Mary Oliver’s poetry and this is one of my favorites. As a gardener myself (albeit a neglectful one at the moment), I appreciate the use of the gardener’s work to illustrate the tending to life.
As we get older, feeling our own mortality, I think we ask these questions more often.
And I think that’s a good thing. Tending to the present moment expands our sense of life, but it is also important to tend to the prospect of death as well.
I think these questions are a constructive way of doing that. Used as a guide to bring us back to what is important to us when the noise & confusion of life leads us astray.
What questions are you asking of yourself these days?
When feeling caught up in the tasks and appointments of the day, what do you do to bring yourself back to center?
About the photos: All taken in my garden, which is not the tidy showplace it has been in years passed. It is a jungle out there, with weeds that need “relocating”, but somehow I am called to other things at the moment. The garden patiently waits.
Thanks so much for stopping by.