by Shelly Francis, Marketing and Communications Director
Posted August 9, 2012
It’s almost Back to School time, almost time to launch my son off to college. Wil is my one and only, and I really like him. He’s going to Boston and I’m moving from Denver to Seattle to join the staff at the Center for Courage & Renewal.
As I launch myself into this new semester -- knowing my inner teacher enrolled me, including the when and where of it -- I deeply appreciate that my new work is about affirming the power of paradox. Empty nest & feathering new nests. Happy & sad. Exciting & daunting. Grateful & grieving. Shadow & light. Endings & beginnings.I am appreciating paradox and the power of words to name these both/and’s as a natural, necessary balance to life. I am reaching into my toolkit to find soul-sustaining devices and really use them: music with lyrics meant just for me, a poem with stanzas to repeat like a mantra, photos to make metaphors full of meaning, pictures Wil drew in first grade.
Wil has embodied his own mantra for launching his life off to college, newly inked on his forearm around the anchor he sneaked onto his skin in 10th grade: a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
(I wonder, does his inner teacher see his tattoo right-side up and whisper it back in his ear?)
What soul-sustaining words help you to face and embrace life when it changes? Please add your thoughts to the comments.
P.S. Speaking of Back to School, teachers, remember to send us your poetry for our new book!