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Monday thoughts

Rainy day in NYC | raisonné blog

It’s a rainy day in New York and I’ve definitely got a case of the Mondays. When I’m feeling down, there are a few things that usually help to remind me that life is ok (tea, reading, or going for a run, to name a few).

Sometimes, however, you need an outside voice to reassure you. I first came across the poem below on A Cup of Jo last year, and have reread it many times since. It doesn’t fix everything, of course, but it does make me feel better.

Do you have a tried-and-true way to lift your mood?

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

– Mary Oliver, Dream Work

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