Much of what shapes us can't be helped — gravity, weather, time, genetic makeup.
Small choices that flow with the arc of life
can move a person from feeling this is a dreary prospect,
to feeling it is a thrilling one.
The bell is full of wind
though it does not ring.
The bird is full of flight
though it is still.
The sky is full of clouds
though it is alone.
The world is full of voice
though no one speaks it.
Everything is full of fleeing
though there are no roads.
Everything is fleeing
toward its presence.
— Roberto Juarroz, from Vertical Poetry, translated from the Spanish by W. S. Merwin
It is the complexity of the life of a place uncompromisingly itself, which is at the same time the life of the world, of all Creation. One meets not only the weather and the wildness of the world, but also the limitations of one's knowledge, intelligence, character, and bodily strength. To do this, of course, is to accept the place as an influence.
— Wendell Berry, Imagination in Place
“To live within limits. To want one thing. Or a few things very much and love them dearly. Cling to them, survey them from every angle. Become one with them - that is what makes the poet, the artist, the human being.”