Editor note: I’m very pleased to introduce Ms. Myriam Joseph Loeschen. Myriam will be guest-hosting Words for the Year this week, and has personally selected some beautiful, inspiring and transformative pieces for your consideration. Enjoy this week’s “Words With Myriam.” ~ Christy
Pain of Process
Each journey through any transformative process brings excruciating demands. Life meets us where we look towards, responding to our inner callings and secret whispers. As we stand at the shore of the ocean at the most golden hour holding the wish “I want to be doing this in my career”, or secretly whispering out into the cold crisp air of a mountaintop at dawn “this far away place is calling me universe, get me there” it is our spirit that stands along side us and takes notes. Before we are fully aware, of what is ours to take, we find ourselves in the midst of moving towards that which was our most wanted change or secret dream. While the external of the dream or wish or change, looked exactly as we wanted and we knew we could “rock” if only someone would lead us there, we invite opportunity and possibility without the full understanding of what internal work will be required of us to land where our heart desires. Suddenly in the midst, we find ourselves standing in the depths of “how did I get here”, feeling alone and afraid. Lucky for us poetry can serve as a traveling companion during the painful, scary moments of a transformative process. Not to say that any one poem will ever bring one safely to shore, for we must do the swimming and work alone, but hopefully a poetry can serve as a life line as you swim the rough waters.
Each of the poems you will read this week has been selected for you to grasp, whether in despair or in joy. You are encouraged to read each poem more than once and when you find the one that resonates with you most deeply, hold on for dear life.
~ Myriam Joseph Loeschen
The song I have come to sing
remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my life
stringing and unstringing
~ Rabindranath Tagore, from “song number 13,” Gitanjali