I’ve been a big fan of the poet David Whyte since I first heard him speak back in the 1990s. When he shares his amazing poetry he brings it to life and his words dig deep inside of you in ways you don’t always expect. Plus, the fact that he blends his prose and poetry into the “real world” experiences of business, work-life, family and more, in ways that add a dimension not always found. If you have never heard of him before, I strongly encourage you to check out his work.
The quote above is from one of his more well known poems (or at least one of my favorites!) entitled “Sweet Darknss.” Below is a larger part of the poem.
“You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.”
~ David Whyte
If you want to listen to the full poem being read by the author, here is a LINK.
Another one of my favorite David Whyte poems is entitled, “Everything is Waiting For You.” Here is a YouTube of the author’s reciting it.