Don't Hesitate: If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy - Mary Oliver

Here is a beautiful prose poem by Mary Oliver: 

Don’t Hesitate
- Mary Oliver

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

 


This reminds me of Guru Gobind Singh poem Deh Shiv in which he says, "Let me not hesitate from doing whats right."  Similar message: Fight. Don't fear. Don't hesitate. Remember oneness; be kind. 

O Shiva ... give me this boon,

To never shirk from doing right
To never fear when I go to fight
to ever have the confidence to win

Let my heart learn
through ordeals of life
to have the desire
to remember your name
incessantly

And when the time has come
let me die bravely in the battlefield

- Guru Gobind Singh (tr. by Shivpreet Singh)

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