Filed under: Creativity, Growth + Development, Thought-Provoking | Tags: career change, Edge Leadership Group, self publishing, Valerie Hausladen
Valerie Hausladen is not new to leadership in the creative world. As part of the original executive team for WPP’s Global Agency, Enfatico, Valerie built their largest office from scratch to 200+ people in 6 months!
Valerie is a nationally-recognized author, speaker and consultant for both Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial companies. Her paradigm-shifting book, Professional Destiny, been an inspirational but practical guide that has helped countless others “discover the career they were born for.”
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As is life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowing
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
From D.W., River Flow: New and Selected Poems 1984-2007