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" A good poem looks life straight in the face, unflinching, sincere, equal to revelation through loss or gain. "
" Stop trying to change reality by attempting to eliminate complexity. "
" We speak continually of saving time, but time in its richness is most often lost to us when we are busy without relief. "
" I don't have an all-embracing vision which people have to buy. I'm simply trying to work with the struggles we all deal with every day while we're trying to live out our personal destinies and make a living at the same time. "
" By definition, poetry works with qualities and dynamics that mainstream society is reluctant to face head-on. It's an interesting phenomenon that by necessity, poetry is just below the radar. "
" A sure sign of a soul-based workplace is excitement, enthusiasm, real passion; not manufactured passion, but real involvement. And there's very little fear. "
" Sometimes you have to make a complete disaster of your life in such an epic way that it will be absolutely clear to you what you've been doing. "
" We're moving toward the kind of work world which has less security. But we hope it has more creativity and possibility of real engagement. "
" Being a good parent will necessarily break our hearts as we watch a child grow and eventually choose their own way, even through many of the same heartbreaks we have traversed. "
" A soul-based workplace asks things of me that I didn't even know I had. It's constantly telling me that I belong to something large in the world. "
" There's a fierce practicality and empiricism which the whole imaginative, lyrical aspect of poetry comes from. "
" It is the province of poetry to be more realistic and present than the artificial narratives of an outer discourse, and not afraid of the truthful difficulty of the average human life. "
" Honesty is not found in revealing the truth, but in understanding how deeply afraid of it we are. To become honest is in effect to become fully and robustly incarnated into powerlessness. "
" In Germany, they have great difficulty with anything that smacks of cultism or messianic leadership. You can't talk about leadership in its charismatic forms. "
" Honesty lies in understanding our close and necessary relationship with not wanting to hear the truth. "
" The thing about great poetry is we have no defenses against it. "
" To regret fully is to appreciate how high the stakes are in even the average human life; fully experienced, it turns our eyes, attentive and alert, to a future possibly lived better than our past. "
" One of the great difficulties as you rise up through an organisation is that your prior competencies are exploded and broken apart by the territory you've been promoted into: the field of human identity. "
" Poetry carries the imagery which is large enough for the kind of life we want for ourselves. "
" Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn't know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future. "
" I have hundreds of poems memorized. Mostly by others, but also my own. I use the poems when I lead retreats for management groups on topics like creating teams, or coming up with a more entrepreneurial system, or creating more excitement. "
" Poetry gives us courage and sets us straight with the world. Poems are great companions and friends. "
" The ultimate lesson is that there is no immunity, no matter our age or the size of our retirement account, from going through constant cycles of integration and disintegration in which we are humbled and hopefully set to rights with the world again. "
" The great poems are not about experience, but are the experience itself, felt in the body. "
" The frail, vulnerable sounds of which we are capable seem to be essential to a later ability to roar like a lion without scaring everyone to death. "
" In the poetic tradition, the heart's affections are indeed holy, and if organizations are asking for people's hearts and minds, they are asking in a way for their holy and hidden affections at the same time. "
" The greatest luxury of having money should be not having to worry about it. "
" To admit regret is to understand that we are fallible - that there are powers beyond us. To admit regret is to lose control not only of a difficult past but of the very story we tell about our present. To admit sincere and abiding regret is one of our greatest but unspoken contemporary sins. "
" It is difficult to be creative and enthusiastic about anything for which we do not feel affection. "
" It might be liberating to think of human life as informed by losses and disappearances as much as by gifted appearances, allowing a more present participation and witness to the difficulty of living. "
" Things have a way of being richer in the end, a product better made, for the circuitous route we take to include all the elements that are necessary for a job well done. "