Sweet Darkness

A colleague recently sent me this poem, by David Whyte, as a way of encouraging a new perspective. It helped.

When your eyes are tired
 the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone,
 no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
 where the night has eyes
 to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
 you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your home

The night will give you a horizon
 further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
 The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
 except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
 confinement of your aloneness
 to learn

anything or anyone
 that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

“Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte by On Being Studios is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


In the course of business I make a lot of introductions, and in turn, I also get introduced to a lot of people. Often that’s nice: people need things that I have, and I like to share. Great synergy!

But sometimes it can be annoying, and these helpful WordPress bloggers will tell you why. You should listen to them and be less annoying:

Announcement: I’m Joining Automattic

I’m excited to announce that starting today I’ll be working for Automattic, makers of WordPress.com and myriad other web products, as their Director of Platform Services. I’ll be working with a team of talented Automatticians on expanding WordPress.com’s VIP Support and Hosting program specifically.

It’s an exciting time to join. WordPress.com is simply killing it: they we are currently hosting 15.7 million blogs (including the likes of CNN, Time Inc., Dow Jones, and more), and adding about 900,000 more each month. Roughly 500,000 posts and 400,000 comments are published every day. Monthly page views are at 2.3 billion.

On top of the opportunity to work on such compelling products, I’ve been continually impressed with the way the company is run.

And yes, to answer the obvious question, I will be relaunching this blog on WordPress (but only because I want to, not because I have to!)