“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)”
Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose PoemsSwan: Poems and Prose Poems

Dear Friends,

Today is a day to  give in to joy, despite the cold, despite whatever may be on your shoulders or at your door. This giving in doesn’t classify as ignorance of what’s going on outside, no…it’s in spite of it, choose to enter the realm of joy. You may question why, and there’s no particular reason; for me today, there are numerous reasons:

A close friend just gave birth to a healthy girl, another has visited, and another will visit next week; the roses, inside, are in full bloom, contrasting starkly to the bare trees outside. In my daily dealings, I’ve met some friendly people, and haltingly practiced my ten German words with a few. Have been writing daily, and recently sold an article. Have received photos of the plum blossoms in bloom in Tokyo. I could go on, but I must stop there….

Ironically, Bach’s “We Sit Down in Tears,” which inspires feelings of anything but sadness, has been my companion music on and off for a few hours now. Pure genius.

Love,

Val

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