john o'donohue, 100 day project, positive self-talk, inspirational quotes

Day 14 of 100 days of positive self-talk, drawing and writing inspired by Irish poet John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue writes in this beautiful unfinished poem “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

He is one of my favorite poets and philosophers and I love listening to him read his poetry or share his thoughts in his lovely Irish lilt.

As I travel the path of my own unfolding in this epic 100 day journey of commitment positive self-talk, I open myself to curiosity and surprise.

I’m writing this on a plane, headed to my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. While there I will visit family, check out a few favorite places and speak at two events. 

One of the talks is on a new model for Conscious Creativity that I recently designed. It’s an evolution in my own thinking around why creativity matters. I’m nervous. I need more time to practice. I will be fine and in my mind I need to approach this presentation through the lens of O’Donohue’s poem and be in the surprise of the unfolding and the mystery trusting that the right words will flow through me like a river.

One of the 5 keys of conscious creativity that caught me by surprise was the intuitive insistence on including compassion. 

As I considered the framework I was building alongside creating this 100 days of positive self-talk, I realized how important compassionate. Is to the creative process. Compassion for self, for team and for the end-user. When we look through the eyes of an artist at a particular problem or desire, we release judgment and open to possibility.

Today I offer myself the sweetness of surrendering to the flow of my own kindness.

Thank you to John O’Donohue for the words of your beautiful poem that doesn’t feel unfinished to me.