What Is The Life I Should Live?

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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

“All through our gliding journey, on this day as on so many others, a little song runs through my mind. I say song because it passes musically, but it is really just words, a thought that is neither strange nor complex. In fact, how strange it would be not to think it — not to have such music inside one’s head and body, on such an afternoon. What does it mean, say the words, that the earth is so beautiful? And what shall I do about it? What is the gift I should bring to the world? What is the life I should live?”  –

Mary Oliver (from “Flow,” Long Life)


  1. This quote couldn’t be more apt for me today. And I love your photograph of the heron – it’s like a Japanese watercolour.

  2. Thanks you so much. I was inspired to use this post today by another friend who is trying to find her way in this crazy world. And the questions are questions we should ask ourselves often. I’m glad you found it helpful.

  3. Lovely photo, Joan, and Mary Oliver’s words fit it to perfection.

    We saw lovely blue herons on our trip through the South. Especially in Louisiana.

    • Thanks Shirley. Welcome back to Virginia. I’m somewhat envious of all the birds you probably got to see. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  4. This was very timely for me today as well. Gorgeous photo and great food for thought!

    • Thanks For your kind words, Sue. I think Mary Oliver’s words are always timely. She asks us the big,important questions.