When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
Excerpt from When Death Comes, by Mary Oliver
As an exercise in learning to recognize and revel in the Amazement in my own life, I’m combining the NaBloPoMo challenge with the daily gratitude challenge I frequently see in my Facebook feed in November. Every day this month I’m going to write something on a particular topic, with the loose guidelines of “Lessons Learned” for the first week, “Opportunities” in the second week, “Friends” in the third, and “Family” throughout the week of Thanksgiving. I’ll finish up with a few posts that will tie it all together. The goal is 1-2 paragraphs per post, short entries that are neither schmaltzy nor trite. And no pictures! I think leaving the pictures out of it will help me keep up with this on a daily basis.
The goal is to not only push my writing skills, but push me to think about my own life and opportunities and relationships in a more positive way. I always want to be authentic, but I think there’s room in that space of authenticity for a strong dose of positivity as well.