Whilst watching a series about the Bronte sisters called To Walk Invisible I was struck by just how challenging their lives were. I knew a little about their history having lived up in Yorkshire for some years, but never realised the extent of hardship in their immediate family life as well as the tough environment of the times. Maybe you saw it? I was really moved and impressed by the level of passion, resourcefulness and resilience shown by the sisters, in particular, Emily, towards producing their work and getting through life’s challenges. I really got into their world and saw what it must have meant to have lived and had to hide the fact they were women hoping to get published. They showed true grit, they were not shaken from their dreams and I felt were ahead of their times.
Some time later, I was feeling a little stuck around some aspects of setting up this business and so decided to do what I sometimes try which is to think of a question and randomly open the page of a book or magazine to get whatever wisdom might be lurking there. It’s a real intuition raiser. I closed my eyes picked up the nearest written material which was a copy of Psychologies magazine and asked to know what to sort out next.
What was waiting there was unexpected, but it felt amazingly fitting and brought a broad smile to my face. It was a page with a large beautiful photograph of autumn leaves and a quote in the middle:
‘Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree’ by Emily Bronte.
I hadn’t yet thought of a name for my business and had been struggling with what to call it. Being nameless, unless using ones’ own given name is a slight issue when needing to set up a website, make business cards and the like. I knew immediately, it felt comfy straight away.
Then I read the full poem and knew it fitted the bill, it’s one of resilience and finding positivity.
Fall, leaves, fall
By Emily Bronte
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
From Poets of the English Language (Viking Press, 1950)
The first part of the meaning behind my business name is about being able to take an authentic journey to self-expression no matter what other things in life could hold you back, like Emily Bronte and her brave sisters did. To use your inner resilience, find your own inner light and shine it to not play small any more.
As Marianne Williamson said
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
From A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3 (Pg. 190-191).
There are other references in the words meaning that fit with the philosophy behind my work, to encourage others to notice more of every little thing along the way, every detail, every leaf, every day. To take more time to be mindful and full of wonder at the world. To connect to things in more meaningful and regular ways because we can all gain strength that way, build our resilience. You matter, other people matter, other non-human beings matter, every leaf matters.
Welcome to the work of everyleaf.