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This Christmas I received the new Mary Oliver book, Blue Horses, and am blown away by it—first of all because of Mary Oliver’s writing which I have admired for ages, and secondly, because of the book cover. This features a painting of four horses, their forms rounded and graceful, all looking to the left as if something interesting is there—a fox or a dog returning their gaze, perhaps, or a person. The horses are beautiful and blue, the background in shades of yellow, spangled with stars, as are the horses themselves, their heads and bodies starry, so whether the horses are of the earth or the heavens, we are not sure.
Perhaps the greatest thing we can do for our creative lives is to love the world. Love it like you loved your first love, like you love your children. Love it passionately and fiercely in all its beauty, its goofiness, its occasional ugliness and incomprehensibility. When you love someone, you love them selflessly, you love them in spite of it all. And you pay attention.
Sometimes this is difficult, we take so much for granted. When we find ourselves doing that, we need to shake ourselves a little. We must “snap to,” recognize that we have been missing a lot in this wonderful world, and deliberately decide to do something about it. Think about babies and toddlers—how so much of every day is brand new, how much of what they see and hear and feel, they experience for the first time, and the wonder in that. Then set an intention to seek our new adventures. Take a different route home from work, go to a reptile aquarium or roller-skating museum, decide to do your shopping at an Asian grocery store.
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