Friendship and Writing


This past evening, I was reading a series of letters between the poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, 6th Poet Laureate of the U.S. As I eavesdropped on this warm and intimate conversation, the depth of real friendship reached out and touched my heart.

Here two people, who rarely saw each other and didn’t chat by email or phone, built a bond that lasted over 30 years. In genuine love and care, they tended their relationship like a careful gardener who knows just when to water and the right time to put on a little fertilizer. Their writing spotlights the art of communication, not just words written in haste like most of our emails, but words formed at the intersection of deliberateness and spaciousness. They bring forth a practice of reflection mostly vanished and much needed.

The short except of these letters from the October 2008 issue of Poetry Magazine has inspired me to return to pen and paper. This blog posting was first written by hand and then, with care, typed so I can share it with you.

I feel excited for each word I share, and make sure each carries the song I wish to sing today.
Until later,

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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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