Not expecting applause
There are so many people working in the world in service to others whose names we will never know: scientists, artists, poets, humanitarians, physicians, firefighters, ambulance drivers, cleaners – the list is endless. And yes, some get paid to do their work and some do not. Regardless, so many do it wholeheartedly because they want to help not because they are looking for applause.
I’m thinking of poets tonight. With the exception of the top sellers, a poet and writer’s life and body of work are seldom acknowledged, in the broader world. And if you only write to get recognition, you will soon quit. Thankfully, so many wonderful poets and writers keep on writing, one word at a time, and we are the beneficiaries.
As some of you know, I think it’s important to splurge with our words while people we admire are still alive. Let’s not save our best words until after they are gone.
Tonight, I want to recognize and give applause to my poet friend Janice Falls. Some of you, like me, follow her poetry blog
Janice goes quietly about her writing life: reading, writing and helping others through poetry. (that is just part of what she goes through her life doing:-)) She faithfully stewards her weekly poetry blog, which is amazing, and many of my favourite poems have originally come from her site. And yes, she has poems published, but this week, coincidentally her birthday week, she received a lovely surprise and I want to cheer her on and congratulate her. Her essay, “Poetry As Medicine,” was selected for publication in Braided Way. If you are interested, in the power of poetry, I invite you to read it. Here’s the link
Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, writes: “You can get a lot done in the world if you don’t care who gets the credit.” This is a powerful statement when you stop and take the time to consider all the implications. I consider Janice one of those people.
Speaking of Rachel Remen, I attended a live webinar with her last week and the most important message I took away was what she calls, “generous listening:” “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” It also means listening where we stop our own chatter about what we like and don’t like, or what we think the problem is. We simply accept and listen more with our hearts than with our heads.
1:) May we all fling our kind and loving and appreciative words out into the world and make someone’s day.
2:) Photos: Gabriola Island and the sketch is Patricia Ryan Madson from her series on Improv Wisdom
3:) May you have a lovely week with lots of opportunities to notice and to listen. So many thanks for stopping by. Warmly, Trudy