As long as we sing



“As long as we sing, the pain of the world cannot claim our lives.” ~Mark Nepo

This quote brought to mind some of the anger, disappointment, frustration, just plain ugliness that has flowed into and out of my life. I realize how important it is for me to put their essence on the page – so I can see them, no longer deny or resist or judge them, and display and honor their place in the experience of my life. {A couple of my poems that reflect my pain inlcude Into the Vortex and The Struggle.}

Giving voice, speaking my truth, singing my special song into the world – this requires that I have the words for the song, that I hear my own voice, that I listen to it, open to what it might be telling me, without judging it as good or bad, rather accepting it as an expression of creative energy that moves through me. {This poem reflects the song that came to me shortly after writing Into the Vortex: Invited.}

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About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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