January 31 2022

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, January 31, 2022

Here’s a poem by David Whyte I like to share about nurturing one step at a time:

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first 
thing 
close in, 
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple.

To find
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
listening
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake.

 

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