I have been listening to and reading some great things already this year and so I wanted to share them with you.
Podcast Resources for 2024 good start
It was no surprise that Elizabeth Gilbert talking about love and letters to love in a two part We can Do Hard Things was hugely helpful to me and the clients I shared it with.
It was a surprise that I was so incredibly moved and changed by listening to Alexi Pappas on Rich Roll's podcast. A client sent that one to me and I am so glad they did! I listened to it twice and have her book, Bravey, on my next reads stack.
My ideas about perfection and perfectionism changed because I listened to Thomas Curran on Hidden Brain.
And, I was blown away with what I realized while I was listening to another episode of We can Do Hard Things called The Unexpected Way Amanda Built Community.
One of my favorite poems came to mind, inspired by thinking about love:
To have without holding
By Marge Piercy
Learning to love differently is hard,
love with the hands wide open, love
with the doors banging on their hinges,
the cupboard unlocked, the wind
roaring and whimpering in the rooms
rustling the sheets and snapping the blinds
that thwack like rubber bands
in an open palm.
It hurts to love wide open
stretching the muscles that feel
as if they are made of wet plaster,
then of blunt knives, then
of sharp knives.
It hurts to thwart the reflexes
of grab, of clutch ; to love and let
go again and again. It pesters to remember
the lover who is not in the bed,
to hold back what is owed to the work
that gutters like a candle in a cave
without air, to love consciously,
conscientiously, concretely, constructively.
I can’t do it, you say it’s killing
me, but you thrive, you glow
on the street like a neon raspberry,
You float and sail, a helium balloon
bright bachelor’s button blue and bobbing
on the cold and hot winds of our breath,
as we make and unmake in passionate
diastole and systole the rhythm
of our unbound bonding, to have
and not to hold, to love
with minimized malice, hunger
and anger moment by moment balanced.
“Truth doesn’t need any furniture.” Poet Tomas Tranströmer
This quote: (in my Purpose Planner)
I hope 2024 is off to a good start for you! The things I heard and read in these resources have given me some things to think about, and I'll share more of those ideas in the rest of my January posts. Thanks for reading!