“Love after Love” by Derek Walcott is copyrighted. Follow the link for a poem written for those who are tired, burned out and feeling lost.
I am very very tired after a hard weekend cranking out lecture notes. Rather than go into the details of why that is so tiring, I would like to take another tack. How do we recover from exhaustion?
David Whyte, corporate poet, has popularized the saying: the antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness. So should I tackle another set of notes? No, not quite. I should spend the few hours of the evening moving towards the “channel in which my life flows” (Thoreau).
One way positive psychologists use to take us closer to our ‘natural element’ is to express gratitude. So I thought I would mention one person who I think represents what is good and true, better and possible in contemporary UK.
Chris Hambly, musician, helicopter technician, social media guru, tertiary educator is one of the extraordinary connectors of the emerging internet-based creative industries in the UK. He is the prime mover behind the Social Media Mafia, he sponsors media camps in High Wycombe & London, he runs conventional conferences on Social Media in Business, he advises on the use of social media in business and he manages online education for organizations such as SAE (sound and audio engineering).
Chris represents the best of up-and-coming Brits. He represents what is emerging, what is hopeful, what is helpful, and what represents real value. Check him out as an antidote to the credit crunch and bailout blues.
And it works. I feel better. Wholeheartedness is the antidote to exhausation.