Exploration, Bravery and the Space of Good Work


I was reminded after the work you had all done on your business plans these last couple of days about the importance of Grief in the creation of extraordinary work. It is only after you have grappled with things to the extent that it feels like surfaces have been disrupted and transformed that you are truly beginning to emerge in a place of tremendous discovery and Joy. This poem, one of my favourites, is a talisman for you on that Journey. E 

The Well of Grief by David Whyte 

Those who will not slip beneath  

the still surface of the well of grief  

turning downward through its black water  

to the place we cannot breathe  

will never know the source from which we drink,  

the secret water,  

cold and clear,  

nor find in the darkness  

glimmering the small round coins thrown away  

by those who wished for something else.