Seen, heard and not alone

This week’s musings on beauty, words and thresholds took me back to the blessing I wrote at the end of a workshop in 2020.

It was a gift for my fellow creatives.

And reminds me that whatever threshold we are facing, we are not alone.

A BLESSING FOR THE CREATIVE SOUL (because all of us are creative)

Dear friends and travelling companions, 
may you know 
you are seen and heard, 
and your work matters. 
You belong.
And may you delight 
in your inner being, 
as the place where 
your creativity flows. 
Feed it well 
and drink from fresh water.

May you be content to stand at the edge – 
you’ll see more from there.
Cherish your eyes 
and follow the sightline 
of your curiosity and wonder. 
Protect your ears, 
give them time to hear 
what really matters. 
The silence, 
the whispers, 
the roars. 
And the still small voice inside.

May you choose your words and expressions 
with care, because they have power 
far beyond anything you can imagine. 
Honour them 
and offer them generously, 
for they build bridges and 
shape our sense of how things are.
For you are like a diamond 
held up to the light. 
You refract the colours around you 
so that people can see what’s really there. 

May you grasp the vastness 
of the space before you. 
Enjoy your courageous imagination. 
Let it take you to places 
your heart longs to go. 
And don’t be afraid to look 
your anger in the eye, knowing it’s yours, 
not borrowed from elsewhere.
Therefore, seek the peace of stillness, 
where the clamour of other voices are muted, 
and you hear your own voice with clarity.

May you embrace the mystery 
of your presence, 
the essence of who you are 
which cannot be boxed or labelled. 
Here is where your identity resides. 
And may you be satisfied 
as you pick up the mantle 
of your unique role 
in the ongoing creation of the world, 
because only you can do this. 

Go well – for it’s time to cross this threshold. 

The poem is also found in the closing chapter of my book Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting


This week

If you have not heard the soul-enriching conversation between John O’Donohue and Krista Tippett for the On Being Podcast – then gift yourself time this weekend. The Inner Landscape of Beauty is a replay of his last interview before his unexpected death in 2008.