Marcelle Quao is an educator in Ontario and a new friend of mine. We know each other through Seth Godin’s Creative Workshop, in which the idea of ‘generosity’ as a way of showing up authentically and fully is something we are deepening in our lives.
Marcelle has a way of posing questions that provoke introspection. Recently she posted a poem written by Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott and posed this question:
“What does loving oneself mean — if you are aspiring to be generous?“
Love After Love By Derek Walcott The time will come he says The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to yourself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, who you have ignored for another, who knows you By heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast. On your life.
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