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I lapped this up. So relatable and inspiring at the same time.

"To feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at exactly the same time....."

This is what ignites the flame and keeps it burning in those dark times of doubt.

Thank you for another beautiful piece of writing. Jo :-)

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@David Whyte talking about William Blake's idea of having a "firm persuasion." Makes me wonder about the roll Substack plays in supporting the "firm persuasion" of so many of us writers?

"To have a firm persuasion in our work—to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at exactly the same time—is one of the great triumphs of human existence. We do feel, when we have work that is challenging and enlarging and that seems to be doing something for others, as if, in Blake’s words, we could move mountains, as if we could call the world home; and for a while, in our imaginations, no matter the small size of our apartment, we dwell in a spacious house with endless horizons."

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I wonder if David would recommend a good entry point for an appreciation of Blake. A good biography for example, or one volume especially suitable to those of us getting our real education late in life.

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What a lovely, soulful word on work and identity. Thank you for inviting me into something more generative for myself and others, David. And to live in this world with more wonder. What a gift.

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Absolutely beautiful and feels like Soul Work to me.

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