The theme of choice continues in this reflection on the difference in how we experience choice depending on whether we are regarding it as a test or an expression of our human capacity. I riff on Mary Oliver’s well-known line, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” and offer a larger context for it than is often given. That is, I read the darn poem, which you can also read here. https://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/133.html
Often Oliver’s question lands with us as one more injunction to live larger, better, bigger. What if it is simply a question? An invitation without expectation or pressure?
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