Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blue Living Marble

Living Earth

On this extra "leap" day of the year I find myself once again appreciating the ride we are on. The earth itself (and all of us on it) are flying around the sun at 66,600 mph. Even at this speed we don't quite make our full journey around the sun. It actually takes us about 365.25 days to make the full circle. Through the Julian and then Gregorian calendar we added in a day every forth year. Different cultures use other ways of counting the days, seasons, years, and marking time.

Even though it is not quite the case... I like to think of today as a "extra" day that we are all gifted — a good time to ask the question that poet Mary Oliver asks in one of her poems — "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Or framed for today, "What is it you are doing/being with your one wild and precious day?"

Warm regards from the wilds of the the Big Sur,


To see the full poem by Mary Oliver: The Summer Day

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