Mary Oliver “One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.”
when our couples brave the cold in the badlands, they’re braving multiple feet of snow, they’re braving 20mph winds, they’re braving below freezing and often subzero temps. but the quiet, the wildness, the beauty is absolutely worth it 💯
🇻🇳Ban Gioc Waterfall - Vietnam
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By: Mary Oliver “You might see an angel anytime
and anywhere. Of course you have
to open your eyes to a kind of
second level, but it’s not really
hard. The whole business of
what’s reality and what isn’t has
never been solved and probably
never will be. So I don’t care to
be too definite about anything.
I have a lot of edges called Perhaps
and almost nothing you can call
Certainty. For myself, but not
for other people. That’s a place
you just can’t get into, not
entirely anyway, other people’s
I’ll just leave you with this. I don’t care how many angels can
dance on the head of a pin. It’s
enough to know that for some people
they exist, and that they dance.”
My first real job was more than a job... it was my greatest teacher. I worked at a summer camp at the edge of a lake shaded by tall white pines. The road to camp was long and hilly and whenever I turned down that road... I felt the magic churn inside me like butterflies. I was the drama instructor for five years... down a well trodden path you’d stumble upon a little wooden shack named: Peacock Alley. Inside you’d find hundreds of costumes (which was all I wore from the months June-August). It was a sacred space. A space for all kinds of kids to just... be or become. The camp was for kids who were deaf, had disabilities and children who couldn’t otherwise had afforded camp without their sponsors. It was a beautiful mix of people from all walks of life... all very different stories. Camp taught me what love was. Camp gave me so much more than a job... it gave me a compass by which I live my life still... be the love. I eventually had these words tattooed. But the phrase that sticks out most from those five years of playing and learning beside the lake was not “be the love,” but “leave them better than you found them.” You see we have no idea where people are coming from... their struggles... their fears... their family lives... their troubles or their greatest joys... but we can always leave people better by simply being kind with love. This is something I’m always working on, sometimes I lack patience... especially with people I think should know better or with people who are unkind. But the truth is... everyone deserves love. Not just some people. Not just kids. Or my friends. Or those who respect me. And love is how we leave people... better. I think its the closest thing to magic we have on earth. So if you’re gonna be something today... be love. And see how it changes and grows all things. And see how with love we can leave the world, and the planet, better than we found it. (P.S. Any other #campcounselor ‘s out there?! 😍🙌🏼✨)
This past week was filled with the sound of a nearby waterfall, the waves crashing into the cliff, the crackle of the fireplace and the warmth of a record spinning on vinyl.
It was so inspiring to see ancient petroglyphs, amazing rock formations and sit in the old growth forest and listen to the birds.
What an absolutely stunning few days on Gabriola! I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to go there and the flexibility from my colleagues to allow me to work remotely and recharge my batteries.
The marathon of this year continues! On to a doc about an amazing Syrian refugee family and their incredible sponsors, more test shoots and daily planning for my main gig, finishing up colour correction on The Seahorse Trainer and @eumelfilm's Der Kliene Achill, both of which which premiere soon, then off to New York for @tribeca to screen @theshipmentfilm! And that's just this coming week!!
After month of work and simple, but even great everyday life, we got back in our #campervan and took of to spend some days in #Allgäu! First stop #isny...weather is absolutely wonderful! And our little #girl is exploring nature!!