On Personal Change

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Martha Johnson is one of the first people I got to know when I started consulting back in the late 1970s. I learned a lot from her and got lots of encouragement from her along the way (still do as a matter of fact). Over the past few years she published two volumes of poetry that she told me were “kind of a journey from despair and confusion to acceptance and grace.” Powerful stuff about living with serious illness. And, the vitality in her life comes through on these pages. Talk about managing change, it’s all here.

Here is a sample of her work from Volume 1 of Musing Along the Way

Watching the Process

Day One


I found two parts of me sparring. “I don’t want to live,” was challenging.

“I do want to live.”

No one was winning.

Day Two

I called a friend. She let me cry. “No more fighting,” she said.

Relax into living.

Day Three

In human beings

Doubts arise.

Allowing them is essential.

Choosing anew is available.

Friends are indispensable.

Martha Johnson

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