Poetry and quotes can often help us through difficult times, provide comfort, inspire and motivate. I would like to share with you a round-up of some of the beautiful contributions received from the global Twitter community on this topic.
These words of wisdom are old or contemporary, by the more or less famous, by people we know or don’t. Each contribution also carries in itself a personal story, which, even if not told here, I would like to recognise and express my gratitude for your generosity.
My apologies, if I have left anyone off, who might have submitted after I started writing this article.
You are welcome to add your own poetry and quotes using the comment box below.
🎧 Listen to my podcast 'Soul Cravings'
The episode on ‘Why writing and reading are good for you’ includes some beautiful poetry readings by contributors to this article.
Ida Linse from the Netherlands shares 2 poems, which remind us that perspective can give freedom.
About: Ida Linse, Marijke Bruining, boek #mindfulness bij #kanker, BOOM uitgevers, #meditatie #cancer #onlinetraining. http://facebook.com/mindfulnessbijkanker…
Will Aylward from Germany shares powerful encouragement for us all.
About Will: I’m a Coach and RTT practitioner who helps stuck people feel free and empowered without stress and struggle. Trier, Germany. willaylward.com
Kavyasiddhi of Kava Counselling in Manchester, UK shares Mary Oliver's thoughts about some of our profound human struggles.
Kavyasiddhi has also very generously recorded the poem for us and explains what it means to her and the work she does. The reading is included in my Soul Cravings podcast episode on “Why writing and reading is good for you” embedded in the top section of this article.
About: Counsellor with a Buddhist background. Member of @CounsellingNW
Alison Smith from Birmingham, UK, includes the reassuring words of Julian of Norwich. She wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language to be written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love.
About Alison: Our star signs are perfect for each of us & the planets are beautifully aligned. #astrology #horoscope #planets
Gary from the Wildest Cumbria in the UK reminds us of the importance of connecting to our ancestors. He has also kindly recorded these words for us. And he shares a very special moment when he engages with them.
Gary reads the poem and shares a special moment with us spent with Long Meg and her daughters, a stone circle in Cumbria – all included in my Soul Cravings podcast episode on “Why writing and reading is good for you” embedded in the top section of this article.
About Gary: English film maker, author & poet | Work held in permanent collections, MoMA, New York and The Wordsworth Trust, England, Wildest Cumbria
Kathryn from Cardiff in Wales shares the importance of heartfelt togetherness.
About Kathryn: #MBACP #Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor. She/her. Interested in spirituality, self-compassion and resilience.Views are mine retweets are not. Cardiff, Wales
At a time of intense grief Maryanne from British Columbia in Canada turned to Robert Frost.
About: A Widow’s Awakening, by Maryanne Pope, is a creative non-fiction book about the on-duty death of her police officer husband. 2000 copies sold. #gopinkgazelle
Thank you for including the voices singing words that inspire me and lift my spirits. It’s not ironic that as writers we read and find sometimes the most apropos to express what we cannot with an economy of words. As I get older I’ve added Robert Frost to my list of favorite poets. It’s a long way from university where I studied the romantic poets and novelists both British and American. Who knew this would provide cold comfort in times of terminal illness. Perhaps the messages of Love in the Time of Cholera can resonate too, as they once had no meaning that I could fit into a life with meaning derived from work. I’m not a new or a better me better off by way of cancer. I’m just as good as before but derive meaning from more spiritually infused origins.
I throughly enjoyed reading poetic inspirations from other people. Thank you so much for bringing words together visa vis the magically connected global network of voices to sing harmoniously in a choir of hope. You’re, “like totally awesome,” as they say in California.