Let these words from Mary Oliver's book Upstream inspire you as you embrace the bare bones of January’s energy which invites us to be explorers of the winter world:
“I know I can find [answers] in some book of knowledge,
of which there are many.
But the palace of knowledge
is different from the palace of discovery,
in which I am, truly, a Copernicus.
The world is not what I thought, but different, and more!
I have seen it with my own eyes!”
Teilhard de Chardin shares Oliver’s perception when he writes that, “to understand the world knowledge is not enough. You must see it, touch it, live in its presence and drink the vital heat of existence in the very heart of reality.” What a lovely invitation during this cold month!