October link round-up

Let’s start with a poem by Sue Heatherington:

we need to
slip away
to somewhere

To listen
closely for
the whisper
of our world

Andrew Eberlin has been sharing a photo and a few words every day for the past month or so. I bookmarked this one from October 13th, it made me pause to think about how nothing stays the same even if we do or see the same things every day.

When I saw that the poet Martin Wroe had done a Thought for the Day inspired by Hildegard of Bingen I knew, even before reading it, that it would be right up my street.

Whether it’s part of your job, or not, this is a useful jargon-free definition of strategy.

Pema taught me how to stay with the waves of emotion, watching their rise and fall instead of fighting them. It changed my life.

I’ve read one book by Pema Chödrön and I can absolutely see how her words could be life changing. Many of the ideas shared in Start Where You Are have settled into my internal narrative. Here, Beth Wallace shares How Pema Changed My Life.

Being an aunty is one of the best things in my life and I treasure the relationships and time I get to spend with all the kids in my life. Isaac Fitzgerald sums up those feelings in his essay The World Needs Uncles, Too

Whenever I spend some time, even a little bit of it, goofing off with a friend or family member’s kid, I can see the small respite it gives to the parents. And let’s not forget my own selfishness. I feel a lightness of being—an unanchoring in my heart—that seems harder and harder to come by these days.

And finally, here’s a glimpse at the prototype for a short picture book by Kimberly Hall called The Tiniest Adages for the Tiniest Humans.

about emma

I am a coach and facilitator helping people to pause, reflect and make conscious choices about what comes next. In my writing I explore themes of personal development, reflective practice and what it means to live well.