Poets advice for surviving the financial crisis
10 Tuesday Feb 2009
Written by Jo Jordan in POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, WELLBEING & POETRY
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anxiety, balance, confusion, Dante Alighieri, David Whyte, despair, disappointment, fear, financial crisis, happiness, hope, Inferno, leadership, meaning, Midlife, mytho-poetic, mytho-poetic tradition, redundancy, tough working conditions
In the middle of the road of my life, I awoke in the dark wood where the true way was wholly lost.
Dante in the Inferno
Mid-life crises, sudden loss, tragedies, and world-wide financial crises are certainly different in degree, and different in content. But they have one thing in common.
They are unpleasant to experience. We feel that we have lost our way. And we have a vague yet pervasive feeling that there isn’t a way and that we were mistaken to believe that there is.
David Whyte, British corporate poet, explores this experience in poetry and prose, and uses stories and poems about his own life to illustrate the rediscovery of our sense of direction, meaning and control.
Using his ideas and the ideas of philosophers and poets before him, we are able to refind our balance, and live through the financial crisis, meaningfully and constructively.
Come with me!
David Whyte has a 2 disk CD, MidLife and the Great Unknown.
If you get a copy of his CD, I will listen to it with you. And we can discuss it online?