deep thoughts to loosen my heart… written by Jana November 3, 2009 “I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.” ~Dawna Markova I love this quote from the comments on a recent news article about a teammate’s death. I’ve thought a lot about the risks of my daily activities: whether it be driving down the freeway, taking a cross-country flight, or paddling off into a foggy night. I know there are inherent risks in many things that I do and by simply living I choose to risk my significance. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Share this:ShareEmailPinterestFacebookTwitterRedditPrint 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Jana previous post Mary Monday: I want to write with quiet hands…. next post short shameful confession #10 More Posts Like This One making me sad… Today’s Most Important Thing 2012 Retrospective #2 (simplicity) pilgrim trails normal day… unthinkably good things can happen… avoidance grey dependence 4 comments melanie November 3, 2009 - 2:19 pm I often think the same thing when the wind is hitting my face just right as I ride my bike down a particular Parkway. I couldn't trade those moments of bliss- moment when I feel the most infinite- for fear. Reply G November 3, 2009 - 5:59 pm that poem reminds me a bit of jack london's credo: "I'd rather be ashes than dust…" things like this are sobering. The idea that death happens, even in the most unexpected times and places, even when nothing risky is being done, it happens. There's a bit of grace involved in just accepting that and continuing to live. Reply Anonymous November 5, 2009 - 2:40 am I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail.Yes, I would.If I could,I surely would.I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.Yes, I would.If I only could,I surely would. Away, I'd rather sail awayLike a swan that's here and gone.A man gets tied up to the ground.He gives the worldIts saddest sound,Its saddest sound. I'd rather be a forest than a street.Yes, I would.If I could,I surely would.I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet.Yes, I would.If I only could,I surely would. Reply Rah November 5, 2009 - 5:39 pm Love the quotation! Lots of grist for meditation today. BTW, good wishes on your dissertation. I remember days when dissertation was the carpet on my living room floor, when my vision was blurred and when random phrases from the dissertation would appear on the inside of my eyelids when I lay down to (attempt to) sleep. Cheers from here! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.