Monday, February 20, 2012

The Strength To Fight

Dear Mary,

Whenever I hear people say, “I don’t like poetry,” I simply refer them to one of your books, knowing your words will draw them in – heart, mind, and soul.

I've incorporated my love of poetry in my work as a coach, and clients have often been able to articulate major emotional issues after I’ve read one of your poems to them.

For example, Emily was the Executive Director of a mental health service agency. She hired me because she had creative ideas to enhance services in the larger community but found it difficult to influence her peers in other agencies. She'd grown up being expected to take care of others and her peers saw her as their “relationship guru,” which had kept her from taking tough stands with them. "The Journey" spoke so deeply to Emily, she kept a framed copy over her desk as a daily reminder that she had the strength to fight for her ideas.

Thank you,
Mary Bast

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