Wild and Precious

In the beginning

It’s all very well knowing the answer to the question, “What inspires me“.  However, if the answer involves videoing people and you have no skills or equipment, then that presents a problem.

The last few months have been a steep (and expensive) learning curve which has involved various days of training and the purchasing of lots of new equipment.

However, it was whilst undertaking a day’s video training that the name of our project, “Wild and Precious” presented itself.

Gail Adams

It was whilst with Gail,  one rainy February morning, that I shifted from ‘drifting’ to ‘seeking’.  We had just had a coffee and I then embarked on what seemed a mundane walk, but this walk, was the first step to inspiring the project, “Wild and Precious.”

It seemed very apt that Gail was the first person we interviewed.

My one wild and precious life

It was during her interview that she mentioned the Mary Oliver poem, “The Summer Day”. 

Stu, my husband (the cameraman) was really taken by the poem and he suggested this is what we call the name of our project.

Here’s the poem in full:

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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