• Photo by Lisa Sprague
November 1, 2015

    I heart November by Lisa Sprague

    “The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July.”

    — Henry David Thoreau

    What a glorious way to view November!

    Thank you, Lisa Sprague, for this beautiful photo of Dorries Cove on Block Island and the lines from Thoreau for “Yes-vember” The Poet’s Way!

    It gave me such a burst of happiness. Admittedly, I was a bit disgruntled this a.m. — having taken on 30 days of meditation (NAMASTE!), 30 days of The Poet’s Way (WRITE!), no travel and LOTS of leaves to rake…this came as a complete delight. The sky and the sea are so inspiring, so expansive — a work of art that changes with the clouds and the waves.

    And your comment – “I heart November” — made me look at me a little closer to see how I’m showing up — in gratitude for the abundance? or like a skunk scurrying through the dark?

    Thoreau understood the good life. The importance of living The Poet’s Way – Authentic, Creative, Expressive. And so do you, Lisa. I’m filled with fortune and gratitude to have met you on the journey. You are a beacon of light. Shine on!

    For anyone that is interested, here’s a great blog — especially as we prepare for Thanksgiving and holiday giving. Live simple. Heart November.

    Goodbye McMansion, Hello Simple Life: What I learned from Thoreau

    Everyday is an opportunity to practice living The Poet’s Way in your life and work:

    Start Authentically: Start with you. Who are you and what do you value? How is that showing up in the way you spend your resources – your time, your attention, your money? Without a firm foundation, shifting sands will cause you to come crashing down…and sands shift. That’s life.

    Explore Creatively: Everything you need is in you. You are stronger, braver, smarter, more delightful than you think. Use that imagination. Create what if’s and what for’s — like the clouds and the sea — expand your beliefs, your thoughts, your world.

    Live Expressively: Show up. Show off. Share. Trust that you are here on purpose and your purpose is now. Express it – write, draw, sing, dance, play, photograph, craft, explore, advance your “Yes-vember”.

    Join our “Yes-vember” poets on Facebook in The Poet’s Way Community.

    Submit your photo, your poem and a little story about how/why this poem speaks to you (carolyn@thepoetsway.com). Share the bounty.