This question frequently visits the Matron:
"What will you do with your one wild and precious life?"
This line from a Mary Oliver poem frequently compels the Matron to put away the Bon Ami and sponge and take a walk, read a book or write those 350 words of fiction a day.
Last week we marked the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, and she's been thinking about how one man chose to spend his life --knowing full well the constant threat to that life's continued existence.
Three days after the assassination, Nina Simone wasn't sure she could go through with a scheduled Long Island concert. But she did, singing a 13 minute long tribute to Martin that her brother wrote.
The Matron's technological drool has become a small leech-infested lake (with trouts!), so instead of downloading the YouTube video, she must direct you to five recorded minutes of that song.
If you're at work, she recommends closing the door. There will be weeping.
The NPR story that tells the larger tale, here.
One wild and precious life. I hope we're each alive in ours, full throttle.