With that example in front of me, I've selected some guiding thoughts and reminders for 2012:
Pay Attention to the Story
"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story." -Linda Hogan
The Poetry of the Earth is Never Dead
"The poetry of the earth is never dead." -John Keats
The Fair Adventure of Tomorrow
"The day shall not be up so soon as I, To try the fair adventure of tomorrow." -William Shakespeare
In My Own Time
"Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time." -Deborah Chaskin
The Dance of Life
“The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.”- Barbara De Angelis
WHEN I AM AMONG TREES
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."