David Whyte knows whereof he speaks when it comes to the meaning of “work.” He has been bringing poetry to the corporate world for decades, and challenging people to deepen their understanding and practice of the work they do. Work is a very serious matter indeed. We freight our work with meaning and identity, and fight hard and long for some kind of purpose in our endeavours. Vocation can never be defined solely by the organization for which we currently work, though it shou
David Whyte is not a typical poet. He performs his readings to share his own writing, which will stir your soul, and the poetry of others, which he finds inspirational and expects others will too. Actually, he knows from experience that they will, because Whyte has been bringing poetry to the corporate world for decades, and challenging people to deepen their understanding and practice of the work they do. He thinks this is essential for deriving meaning and satisfaction from
It’s wonderful, really, how if you let the work guide you, it just keeps going and going. Virginia Cobb, whom I wrote about in the entry before this one, is a master of process. She simply starts a painting, with basic shapes and few colors. After randomly painting marks on the paper, and establishing several shapes, (done, she says, with as little thinking as possible–this is an intuitive phase), she then steps back and analyzes what she has done. She looks for a next step.