Your one wild and precious life

A water colored drawing of the words "YOUR ONE WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE" from Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day."

This week was the third anniversary of recovering from my first wave COVID infection and the 18 month anniversary of my mother’s death.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that nothing is guaranteed and every day we have is its own miracle.

I wanted to write a poem about all of this, and then I remembered that Mary Oliver already did. Please do yourself a tremendous favor and read “The Summer Day” here. The final lines destroy and revive me every time:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

After a hard day yesterday, I drew and watercolored the last words of the poem so I can read them every day. May they be as potent a reminder and affirmation to you as they are for me.