Genre: Non-fiction, Spirituality, Philosophy
*Contains no spoilers
In this slim and elegant volume of philosophy and inspiration, writer David Whyte tackles the big topics and words that rarely get any airtime in our society, the kinds of things that haunt people but that are difficult to resolve and so are pushed under the rug. In short, punchy chapters he offers comfort and consolation for words such as: loneliness, grief, hiding, forgiveness, dissapointment, procrastination, anger. There’s a good mix of dark and light concepts here that are difficult for the human mind to tackle. Whyte offers insights and new ways of looking at these difficult emotional words.
At times I found his prose beautiful and at others it was a bit too pared down and plain needed a bit more embellishment, but that’s probably just my preference for literary styles of writing.
Shyness is the exquisite and vulnerable frontier between what we think is possible and what we deserve. Without shyness it is not possible to understand the new. Total confidence in a new phase of life means that we are misinformed and mistaken – about what is going to happen and what we are about to become.
Shyness is our friend. An announcement that we are about to walk through a door, through all our difficulties and attempt another beginning.
This is a slim volume, one to keep by the bedside table, it also may work as a good gift for a friend going through a hard time. If I am being honest I found the writing a bit tough going at times and I didn’t think the prose flowed as well as it could have. The concepts and ideas were beautiful though.