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Crossing the Unknown Seaby David Whyte
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Crossing the Unknown Sea is about reuniting the imagination with our day to day lives. It shows how poetry and practicality, far from being mutually exclusive, reinforce each other to give every aspect of our lives meaning and direction. For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their life’s work—or find out what their life’s work is—this book can help navigate the way.
Whyte encourages readers to take risks at work that will enhance their personal growth, and shows how burnout can actually be beneficial and used to renew professional interest. He asserts that too many people blindly trudge through a mediocre work life because so many “busy” tasks prevent significant reflection and analysis of job satisfaction. People often turn to spiritual practice or religion to nurture their souls, but overlook how work can actually be our greatest opportunity for discovery and growth. Crossing the Unknown Sea combines poetry, gifted storytelling and Whyte’s personal experience to reveal work’s potential to fulfill us and bring us closer to ultimate freedom and happiness.
Now in paperback, this is the new guide to revitalizing the world of work from David Whyte--"a poet who works in the land of the bottom line" ("The New York Times"). The book shows how poetry and practicality reinforce each other to give every aspect of readers lives meaning and direction.
Crossing the Unknown Sea shows how poetry and practicality, far from being mutually exclusive, reinforce each other to give every aspect of our lives meaning and direction. For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their work-or find out what their life's work is-this book is essential to navigating the way.
"Readers who accept poet and Fortune 500 consultant Whyte's invitation to enter into 'an imaginative conversation about life and work' are likely to be challenged as well as delighted by the beauty of his writing and the expansiveness of his views. Gracefully using the metaphor of a sea voyage to depict the journey through the world of work, Whyte views work not only as a means of support, but as a means for interacting with the world and developing self-expression and identity...An abundance of provocative ideas... thoughtful readers will wholeheart-edly savor this book." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
About the Author
David Whyte has introduced poetry into such companies as American Express, Boeing, and Toyota as a tool for understanding individual and organizational creativity. In addition to four volumes of poetry, he is the author of The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America.
Table of Contents
I. Courage and Conversation: Setting Out with a Firm Persuasion
II. The Mountain Farm: A Stranger at the Door
III. At the Cliff Edge of Life: From Powerlessness to Participation
IV. A Star for Navigation: Ambition, Horizon, and Arrival
V. Out of Ireland: A Short Sea Crossing
VI. The Awkward Way the Swan Walks: From Exhaustion to Wholeheartedness
VII. The Fatal Shore: Arrival and Authenticity
VIII. Outlaw Imaginings: When the Real You Wants Out
IX. A Marriage with Silence: Escaping the Prison of Time and Work
X. Crossing the Unknown Sea: A Voyage Through the Hours of the Day
XI. Keats and Conversation: The New and Newly Youthful World of Work
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