Instructions for Living

Today I discovered Mary Oliver’s instructions in her book Devotion.

Instructions for living a life:

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.

So I will tell you.

My grandson, Malachi, and I were together this weekend at his house. He has developed some wisdom in his three years and I need some after 69 of them.

As the sun moved overhead, we put two lawn chairs under the tree in the front yard. When we (okay, me) needed a break from digging around the trees or playing soccer in this humid weather, I suggested, “Let’s take a break and relax.”

Later in the afternoon when he suggested we sit awhile in those chairs, I asked him, “What has been the best part of this day?”

His answer; “Relaxing.”

2 thoughts on “Instructions for Living

  1. Linda,

    Thanks for sharing this. Children are so precious, aren’t they?

    I have really appreciated your other recent emails, also, even though I haven’t responded. Often, I have read them in the evening, deciding to respond in the morning when I’m more alert. But by morning, I’ve forgotten my plans. I need to start writing my postponement on the next day’s calendar so I won’t forget.

    Blessings to you.



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