“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Stand in the wind.

Face forward. Fearless. Flexible.

Yet I will also pause while the wind blows, to notice the gifts that arrive with each day. The precious present is the package that is already on our doorstep. I shall have the patience to seek, find, and untie the ribbon — even when the ribbon flutters capriciously in the wind.

I will take each step lightly, grounding my feet next to that package before heading toward the horizon.

And then I will run into the headwinds in pursuit of my passions: to return nutrients to the ground; to deliver healthier food to schools; to build sustainability into companies from the inside-out rather than the outside-in. When facing resistance, I will channel the wind's gusts into my own magic carpet.

So too I will remind myself that surmounting challenges is all about perspective. Like my young nephew who once ended a phone conversation, "I have to get off the phone now... I have a little bit left of the world to save," I will remember that saving the world can be an everyday task rather than an unconquerable burden.

When the wind subsides at night, I will rest under the moon's fleeting shadows. I will wake each morning to the sound of the wind unwrapping the new day.

— Meredith Lobel