LISTEN: I was in audiobook monasticism mode for much of this week, narrating my third title for Tantor Media, The Strategic Project Leader. It’s a refreshingly soulful take on corporate leadership in a dynamic and rapidly evolving world. (My friend Alex’s book, The Ten Worlds, is now available on Audible, by the way!)
During some of my breaks, I began exploring a wonderful new-to-me podcast, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons. Episode #4 with Rob Bell “The Action is Here” was one standout and spoke directly to the frustrations I was feeling midweek in my cloistered recording tedium. Even more powerful and recommended is Episode #204 with Mark Nepo. It broke my heart wide open and brought me to tears with the way it spoke so directly to my soul.
“Let your life itself be the work of art. It means giving attention to what’s beautiful to you. It means summoning people to you who care and long for the same things. It means having the courage to make big changes, and moving from what you expected into the new and the dangerous and the unknown. All of that…turns you into the poem.”
READ: In my opinion, Mark Nepo is one of the finest poets and writers working in the world today. During the course of their conversation on aiming to “live as a verb and not a noun” as a creative, Mark shares his poem, Breaking Surface.
Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won’t let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can’t be done.
Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.
You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.
LOOK: Walt Whitman has been popping up all over the place for me recently, and I’m realizing it’s time to get to know this dear old pioneer a little bit better. After hearing Elizabeth and Mark talk about Song of Myself with such reverence, I headed over to Amazon to pick up a copy. I ordered the standard text, but I also discovered that there is now an illuminated version which was illustrated by artist, Allen Crawford! Visual creature that I am, I had to pick up that one, too.
Make this week magnificent!