Lightly child, lightly


To rise,
I must have a field to rise from.
To deepen,
I must have a bedrock from which to descend.

~ Mary Oliver, Long Life: Essays and Other Writings



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  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Everything she writes I say, “That is the truth” she has gained great insight and wisdom over the years. 🙂

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  2. yes. simple truth.

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  3. I carry a book of her poems with me all the time…balm for the heart, hope for the soul…and lightly, yes.

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  4. Her words always delight me–they make me pause and reflect, for which I am grateful. Wouldn’t it be fun to sit and chat with her? I have the feeling that, like Kooser, she perceives things that many of us simply fly by.

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  5. I love how she choose rise and then counters it with deepen … rather than fallen. She makes me wake up from things I take for granted. True wisdom 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Awesome …. lightly indeed!!!

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  7. Christie says:

    Launchpad to life…foundational base to return to, for rest, reflection, and like fermenting yeast, growth …with the correct mixture of ingredients transforming to a unique completion… float on toward the endless, possibilities.

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