Finding A Deeper Satisfaction In Our Work, Relationships, And Ourselves with David Whyte

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Did you know you are currently in at least two, and possibly three marriages? In addition to your relationship with your significant other, you have equally profound relationships with yourself and with your work. When you examine these three areas of your life through the discerning eye of poet David Whyte, you'll find a wealth of opportunity for intimacy, understanding, and grace. You'll also discover how to generate an ongoing conversation within each of these relationships to keep them healthy, vibrant, and sustainable-and maintain a healthy balance among all three. It's easier than you might imagine. Whyte advises us to, "stop trying to balance [the three marriages] against one another, trade them off against each other, game them against one another-and put them in conversation together. Take yourself seriously. Take your work seriously. Take them equally as seriously as your hope for a marriage or the marriage that you're involved with, and know that each one of those marriages is actually emboldened and fed by the others. You don't have to have your shoulder against the wheel the whole time. All you've got to do is make sure the conversation is still alive." (hosted by Michael Toms)


David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of profound poetry and insightful commentary, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and is an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Neumann College.

He is the author of several books of poetry and nonfiction including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can fall in love with yourself
  • How you can discover your own courage
  • Why being silent with yourself is like being intimate with a loved one
  • Why women and men pursue one another differently
  • How you can find a balance between your three marriages
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 1/23/2009      Program Number: 3297