I came across these TED talks by Brené Brown a while ago, and just loved what she had to say.
This quote resonated with me a lot :
“As much as I would be frustrated about not being able to get my work out to the world, there was a part of me that was working very hard to engineer staying small, staying right under the radar.”
and of course her ultimate statement:
“Vulnerability is not weakness, it is our most accurate measurement of courage”
I hope you take the time to watch these two videos, and join in the conversation in the comments below.
Today is National Poetry Day here in the UK.
To celebrate, I’m posting a poem I wrote a few years ago for a friend, whose Mother passed away. I like to think it’s for all of us who have lost someone close.
To My ChildYou are my child and all is well You will not fall under the spell Of thinking Now that I am gone Your life without me can’t go on You ramble through the bushes bare And look for meaning everywhere But I am here to guide your way And I will hear you when you pray So dry your tears and know my child That I am always by your side And when the grief proves hard to take Remember love when you awake Remember laughter, and those years When I was there to soothe your fears And always know no matter what The door to me is never shut Just close your eyes once in a while And feel me close and see me smile And know my heart it overflows To watch you as your life it grows In every meaning that you find You rest with me, our souls entwined
I have to say, we had a wonderful summer this year! I made the most of August outdoors, which meant I spent little time online, and my blog suffered serious neglect. But I figure I can more than make up for this now, as the weather has become really cold and I am staying put behind closed doors, concentrating on all the work I want to catch up on.
As some of you will know, every Tuesday I post a photo on my facebook page with some lyrics from a favourite song – mine or another artist’s. This week I thought to celebrate all things Autumn, and share some lyrics from my song entitled “Autumn Leaves”. Here it is below:
And this is the perfect place to share the full lyrics:Autumn leaves on the ground Howling wind, all around Faded rainbow, colours gone Hold the key until there’s none On my own, running free No one coming after me Nothing to cling to Nothing left Eerie sounds surround my steps Echoes near Whisper secrets in my ear Don’t follow shadows of the day Lift your eyes and look away Feeling wild and almost scared Mindless dreams I never shared Climbing branches, hollow bark Sit and wait until it’s dark On my own, running free No one coming after me Nothing to cling to Nothing left Eerie sounds surround my steps Echoes near Whisper secrets in my ear Don’t follow shadows of the day Lift your eyes and look away Squirrel leap Falling right at your feet Silent noises everywhere Darkening sky, misty air Nothing’s clear Feel despair Don’t you care © Emily Coates 2013
It’s always a pleasure to connect with fellow bloggers, and one such blogger from Canada interviewed me for her Spotlight feature, which she’s been running all month long. I had a lot of fun answering the questions posed by the lovely Ky Grabowski. Check out my new interview below: