Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Three reads that make my dreary heart beat again, if only for a few minutes


Words fail me this week. I feel completely lost. But when I can't figure out what to say, Hannah Brencher always comes through for me. This is her most recent post about the power of saying goodbye. A must read for anyone who has ever courageously chosen to walk away from something that didn't feel right anymore.


"Wild Geese"

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean-blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

by Mary Oliver


This interview by the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson, was featured on Fast Company. It really got my gears turning about creativity in general and my own, personal creative processes. It's easy to get stuck in comparison and self-judgment and his words really just brought it back to basics. Any creative should read this article.