If money, time and responsibilities were not factors, where would you go today? I would join poet David Whyte for one of the hiking tours he leads in Ireland, Tuscany and other magical places. (Steven Spielberg uses them as his getaway!) You’d be welcome to come along, even if—no, especially if—you don’t see poetry as part of your life. Because this guy has a way of looking at and speaking about things that helps you see fresh possibilities when you’re searching or exhausted or grieving.
He’s also made it his work http://www.davidwhyte.com/to help humanize huge working environments like IBM and Boeing through poetry. To help the people who run them and keep them running well understand how the work of their hands and their souls can meet to create better outcomes. And to consider how those outcomes can prove even more powerful when the work of many meet as streams form a river.
“We shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again. The visible and the invisible working together in common cause, to produce the miraculous.” (The House of Belonging)
I’ve called upon my well-worn Whyte CDs (thanks, Holly and Cindy, for the reminder) to deal with a difficult work week. Wonderful projects and people, but enough detours/do-overs/distractions to make that end-of-the-day cabernet look far too good for my own good. So, yesterday, I came back after a stressful work session and just sat. What finally came was that the parameters I’d set going in no longer fit. Define new ones and my own small world-o-work opens wider. And probably better. So I had to laugh when Whyte’s rich Welsh voice brushed my brain:
“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”
You’re right, David, it’s time to think beyond.
Postscript: To hear David Whyte, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq2NfrNt9EU
Photo by Vera Kratochvil, publicdomainpictures.net