The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship

The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship

by David Whyte
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The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship by David Whyte

In The Three Marriages, bestselling author, poet, and speaker David Whyte asks us to think about our work, relationships, and inner selves in a radically different way-by drawing them into a mutually supportive conversation.

According to Whyte, our vows to a significant other, to our work, and to our constantly evolving self demand larger and renewed dedication as the years go by. Whyte's thesis is that to separate these marriages in order to balance them is to destroy the fabric of happiness itself; that in each of these marriages, will, effort, and hard work are overused, overrated, and in many ways self-defeating. Happiness, Whyte says, is possible, but only if we reimagine how we inhabit the worlds of love, work, and self-understanding.

Drawing from his own struggles and exploring the lives of some of the world's great writers and artists-from Dante to Jane Austen to Robert Louis Stevenson-Whyte shows the ways these core commitments are connected. Only by understanding the journey involved in each of the Three Marriages and the stages of their maturation, he says, can we understand how to bring them together in one fulfilled Life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594488603
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Poet David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. The author of four books of poetry, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many American and international companies. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and has traveled extensively, including working as a naturalist guide and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions. He brings this wealth of experiences to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change.

In addition to his four volumes of poetry, David Whyte is the author of The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America, published by Doubleday/Currency, an audio cassette lecture series, and an album of poetry and music. His new book of prose, "Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as Pilgrimage of Identity" was published in hardcover by Riverhead Books in March, 2001, and is coming out in paperback in April, 2002. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard David Whyte speak at several professional meetings and found him inspiring. I can hear his voice in this book that walks the reader through the lives, hearts and minds of not only David, but other authors and spiritual leaders. This insightful book rings true for all people, and is wonderful and wise read for meditation as it takes the reader through the marriages in life. I found particularly meaningful the marriage to self dialogue. I didn't want to finish it and have given it as a gift to colleagues and friends. If you want to explore the self and the world, you will enjoy this book.
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Seekerpilgrim More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of David Whyte for quite a while now, since at least the late '90's when I really began to look at my place in the world and how I belonged (or didn't). A "corporate poet", he uses poetry, both his and others, to show how we should approach life, being bold and vulnerable, willing to fall and get hurt in order to grow. In THE THREE MARRIAGES, he follows several poets, writers, and historical figures through their lives to show how they tackled life in regards to a work or vocation, relationships with friends and specifically a husband or wife, and the most intimate marriage of all, the one with ourselves. Instead of finding balance between the three, finding an equilibrium that keeps them separate, he suggests that they feed each other, blending to create a full, satisfying life, and that to diminish one for the sake of another actually diminishes both or all three. I read the hardcover when it first came out, and found it a bit obtuse and hard to fathom. The audio book I found much easier to absorb, a chapter here and there read in Whyte's slight Welsh accent much clearer to understand what he is trying to say. There is very little poetry in this book, but plenty of philosophy and material to contemplate and consider, including more than a little Zen, but no matter your religious tradition this is a great book for trying to come to terms with how full your life can be if you pay attention to all aspects, and keep the conversation between the three marriages flowing and involved.
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