Monday, May 7, 2012

The Courage To Leap

Dear Mary,

I cannot name an artist who has changed my life more than you have. I have kept all of your books by my bedside for a long time, and your words have carried me through all the times in my life.  

I remember the day I stumbled upon "The Journey," and that poem changed my life in an instant. You spoke right to me, in a deeply insistent way, and I had to listen, I couldn't possibly turn away from the truth your poem demanded that I face. That very day I quit my painful job and began a new part of my life--with no regrets. Every day I am grateful for the beautiful new life I now lead because your poem, because of your words, which  gave me the courage to leap.

Joanna Cotler

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