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The Journey

Have you ever been to Yosemite?  I’ve been there in winter. When trees and cabins were covered in snow. When you stand on a mountain, overlooking nature, beauty, sun and sky, what do you feel? Have you ever been to Yosemite? Or a place like Yosemite? Please comment. Thanks ~Drew

 

 

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver

 

2 Comments

  1. WOW! What a video!! What a place!! How did I feel after watching it? I can only think of Psalm 104. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    “Psalm 104
    1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great you are! Clothed in majesty and splendour,
    2 wearing the light as a robe! You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
    3 build your palace on the waters above, making the clouds your chariot, gliding on the wings of the wind,
    4 appointing the winds your messengers, flames of fire your servants.
    5 You fixed the earth on its foundations, for ever and ever it shall not be shaken;
    6 you covered it with the deep like a garment, the waters overtopping the mountains.
    7 At your reproof the waters fled, at the voice of your thunder they sped away,
    8 flowing over mountains, down valleys, to the place you had fixed for them;
    9 you made a limit they were not to cross, they were not to return and cover the earth.
    10 In the ravines you opened up springs, running down between the mountains,
    11 supplying water for all the wild beasts; the wild asses quench their thirst,
    12 on their banks the birds of the air make their nests, they sing among the leaves.
    13 From your high halls you water the mountains, satisfying the earth with the fruit of your works:
    14 for cattle you make the grass grow, and for people the plants they need, to bring forth food from the earth,
    15 and wine to cheer people’s hearts, oil to make their faces glow, food to make them sturdy of heart.
    16 The trees of Yahweh drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which he sowed;
    17 there the birds build their nests, on the highest branches the stork makes its home;
    18 for the wild goats there are the mountains, in the crags the coneys find refuge.
    19 He made the moon to mark the seasons, the sun knows when to set.
    20 You bring on darkness, and night falls, when all the forest beasts roam around;
    21 young lions roar for their prey, asking God for their food.
    22 The sun rises and away they steal, back to their lairs to lie down,
    23 and man goes out to work, to labour till evening falls.
    24 How countless are your works, Yahweh, all of them made so wisely! The earth is full of your creatures.
    25 Then there is the sea, with its vast expanses teeming with countless creatures, creatures both great and small;
    26 there ships pass to and fro, and Leviathan whom you made to sport with.
    27 They all depend upon you, to feed them when they need it.
    28 You provide the food they gather, your open hand gives them their fill.
    29 Turn away your face and they panic; take back their breath and they die and revert to dust.
    30 Send out your breath and life begins; you renew the face of the earth.
    31 Glory to Yahweh for ever! May Yahweh find joy in his creatures!
    32 At his glance the earth trembles, at his touch the mountains pour forth smoke.
    33 I shall sing to Yahweh all my life, make music for my God as long as I live.”
    34 May my musings be pleasing to him, for Yahweh gives me joy.
    35 May sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked exist no more! Bless Yahweh, my soul.”

  2. Wow Julie! Great stuff. Thank you for posting it! Here is my favorite part of your comment “From your high halls you water the mountains, satisfying the earth with the fruit of your works: for cattle you make the grass grow, and for people the plants they need, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to cheer people’s hearts, oil to make their faces glow, food to make them sturdy of heart.” Just beautiful Thank you!

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