In the couple of months since I moved in, the weather has changed dramatically. The days of open windows and warm breezes are long gone. My office has been transformed from piles of boxes to a spacious, peaceful working space. For the first time in a long time, I now have a haven.

One of the things I discovered was a tiny piece of cardboard, with a poem on one side and a quote from Walt Disney on the other. I have no idea where it came from. I do know that the poem inspired me so much that I have kept it for at least fifteen years. Every time I doubted myself I would read this poem and be inspired to push beyond the doubt and make things happen. In reality the only thing holding me back were the voices in my head. Such is the power of words.

Part of creating my haven was to fill the shelves with items that inspire me, reflect my skills or are simply happy memories. The poem has been transcribed, framed and now takes pride of place above my desk. The untitled Guillame Apollinaire (1880 – 1918) poem is relevant more than a century after his death. There are times when the only thing that holds us back is fear of the unknown.

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