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October 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Often, in order to stay alive, we have to unmake a living in order to get back to living the life we wanted for ourselves.  It is this cycle of  making, disintegration, and remaking that is the hallmark of meaningful and creative work.  I think of singers like Bob Dylan or Van Morrison, shifting and reinventing themselves album after album.  Yeats as a young poet in love with longing and journey, then, in his fierce maturity, writing about the difficulties of arrival.  Picasso in his blue period, depicting simple human figures, poignant, marvelous paintings anyone would be glad to have done as the apex  of their art, but all flowering into a  new season through his Cubist vision: eyes and limbs sprouting into a rich summer complexity. ” – David Whyte

 

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dunderberg peak

dunderberg peak

http://sepwww.stanford.edu/~morgan/images/scenery/yosemite/dunderberg_peak/html/dp03-dunderberg-peak.html

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“Part of the reason stopping seems like a death is that speed has become our core competency, our core identity.  We do not know what powers we would be left with if we stopped doing what we were doing in the busy way we were doing it.  Besides, there is a deeper, older human intuition at play that knows any real step forward comes through our pains and vulnerabilities, which is the reason we began to busy ourselves in the first place, so that we could stay well away from them.  If we stopped, we’d have to sojourn in areas that have nothing to do with getting things done but everything to do with being done to ourselves.”  – David Whyte

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Mount Olsen

Mount Olsen

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-olsen/536090

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“We have the same strange idea in work that we have in love: that we will engender love, loyalty and admiration in others by exhibiting a great sense of power and competency. We are surprised to find that we garner fear and respect but forgo the other, more intimate magic.  Real, undying loyalty in work can never be legislated or coerced; it is based on a courageous vulnerability that invites others by our example to a frontier conversation whose outcome is yet in doubt.” – David Whyte

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Dunderberg

Dunderberg

http://www.1000wordsphotos.com/SierraFall11/

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“We have an even stranger idea: that we will finally fall in love with ourselves only when we have become the totally efficient organized organism we have always wanted to be and left all of our bumbling ineptness behind.  Yet in exactly the way we come to find love and intimacy with others through vulnerability, we come to those same qualities in ourselves through living out the awkwardness of not knowing, of not being in charge.” – David Whyte

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