I am always in search of something. What did I discover today?
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Back to Breathing
"Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?"
— Mary Oliver
Ugh. Why does this speak so loudly to me? In fact, it seems to be all I can hear at the moment. A best friend suggested recently to me that I could live big. Live big? I am almost 5'4" (lacking a quarter of an inch) and that's as tall as I am going to get. How can I live big? I think these notions reflect the same idea. Breathing just a little is barely living. Living small means being hidden from life and , in fact, hiding from life. How do you hide from life? Stay small and don't make waves. Breathe too big and you might make a mess. You might break your heart, or your bones, or your life. But at least you will know you are alive.