Sentimental Fool

I have learned not to worry about love
but to honor its coming with all my heart.
~ Alice Walker

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
 ~ Mary Oliver

“If you want to know who your friends really are and whom you should be hanging around with, all you have to do is follow this simple test.  Whenever you’ve just finished spending time with a particular person, ask yourself, Do I feel better or worse than I did before?  No long explanations, no equivocations.  No excuses. Just ‘better’ or ‘worse’.  Then tally up the results and pretty soon everything will begin to seem very clear…It’s helped me surround myself with friends whom I love, and who love me.” ~ Francine Prose

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible, 
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
~ Dawna Markova

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