Inspiration from Elsa, Anton Chekhov and Viola Davis

It was a joy to share three days in Sydney training a fantastic group from diverse practice fields who will take the Heart-Centred Bibliotherapy model into the community. I felt inspired after sharing heartfelt conversations with like-minded people who believe in literature’s ability to make a meaningful difference in our world.

Elsa, from Newcastle Libraries, wrote to me after attending the course:

“I found these lines at the beginning of Viola Davis’s biography, ‘Finding Me’ – they are from the amazing mind of Anton Chekhov. I think they speak to me because I feel this is what we (you) are doing when you take yourself out into the community to share your heart-centred bibliotherapy sessions and I will keep this in mind every time I run a session/program.”

I think human beings must have faith or look for faith, otherwise our life is empty, empty. To live and not to know why the cranes fly, why children are born, why there are stars in the sky. You must know why you are alive, or else everything is nonsense, just blowing in the wind.

Elsa, I know you will make a positive difference in your community’s wellbeing at Newcastle.

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