August 25, 2020
I know a woman who starts her day by reading a poem. She has a crazy stressful job and I’m wondering if that strategy is sustaining her through these unprecedented times. Interestingly, I’ve never asked her what type of poems she reads or how she chooses her poems. She’s never shared that information either, but occasionally in a tough meeting, or when a bout of inspiration is needed, she’ll say, I was reading this poem the other day…”.
Recently I considered that prompted by a story of a different woman reading a poem with her father over zoom each day. She did share the poetry she was reading with him, Devotions by Mary Oliver. I checked out that book from the library (ebook version) and read a few. Here’s the one I read that stuck.
So now, why now? I’m considering my orientation to the work, to the days, to the uncertainty. Perhaps setting an intention for the day with a quote or a daily poem, a meditation or a quiet walk will prepare us for those next steps full of uncertainty.