For the past few Sundays, I’ve had the privilege of attending a poetry workshop hosted by the poet, David Whyte. The title of the three-Sunday series was Start Close In: Shaping A Creative Life Equal To The Challenge Of Our Times.
Each Sunday, I would settle in with a ceramic cup of tea and my warm wool socks pulled high to listen to David as he recited his own poetry and the poetry of his favorite poets, all by heart. The series explored the relationship between the latent creativity we wish to channel into the world and the deep soul-surgery that is sometimes needed to manifest our art... whether that is co-building a company’s culture, writing a penned letter, posting a filtered Instagram photo, or experimenting with an iteration of a French mother sauce by adding just a bit more white wine, garlic, and sage.
The most profound creative acts start close in with us exploring the connection between our interior landscape and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. On week two, David said, “being at work is not passive; you are practicing the becoming of someone. Who are you becoming?”