Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Life: One Breath At A Time July 30, 2014

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 9:12 pm

A 15-year-old girl tells us the Chronicles of Life. I think she nailed it.

Wiley's Wisdom

The prolific and powerful American poet Emily Dickenson had a lot to say about life and death. It breaks my heart that most of her beautiful words didn’t reach the hearts and minds of readers until after she had left this world, but what a blessing they are nonetheless. So many of her poems continue to live by breathing life into the pages of historical literature.

“To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else,” she once said.

Indeed, life can take us by surprise in so many powerful ways if we let it. Sometimes I fear we are our own stopping points because we think don’t have time to stop and take notice about the life all around us. In 2001, a very nervous 15-year-old girl made her way onto a very large stage to take notice. She shared the following words with the crowd that…

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