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Be Yourself… The Blessed Unrest of Creative Life

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. — e. e. cummings

We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.

— Shakti Gawain, Author

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.

— Jerry Gillies, Author/Speaker

There is a vitality, a life-force, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased…

There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching – and makes us more alive than the others.

— Martha Graham (to Agnes DeMille)

Images: 1) Me in Columbus, Ohio… self portrait reflected in shop window. Holding an iced bubble tea, my favorite treat from North Market. 2) Purple Shirt Day at Elderly Instruments. Me, Brandon, and Cynthia. 3) My 181st pair of socks I’ve knit. I guess I’ve found my “energy and imagination” in knitting socks repeatedly. These are warm and slipper-like… unmatched in a very ColorJoyful sort of way.

9 Responses to “Be Yourself… The Blessed Unrest of Creative Life”

  1. Rita Petteys Says:

    1) So glad you’re back to regular blogging!
    2) This came at such a good time for me! Thanks so much for sharing!
    3) I miss you and hope to see you soon! Hope all is well!
    XO, Rita

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  3. kathy b Says:

    Fantastic quotes… I feel that finding a passion in life is so rewarding b/c when it is your passion it is easy and welcoming every day

  4. Kris Says:

    Great self picture!  What a valuable skill it is for us to be able to look at ourselves as who and what we are . . .and who and what we’re not!
    Blessings to you!

  5. Susan Gallacher-Turner Says:

    What wonderfully true and inspiring quotes…love those colorful socks!

  6. LynnH Says:

    Thanks for popping by, and for commenting. I need inspiring quotes to keep going… glad they are good for others, too.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I do really like the self portrait, glad it registers well to those who weren’t there. I love cities, love Columbus. Looks like me, even the parts of the image which are not my person.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Your input means a lot to me. Thanks for taking the time to write, I know how busy you are. Yes – I miss you, too!

  9. Priscilla Says:

    I love you three in your purple shirts. (I’ll come back and read more carefully when I’m not on a deadline.) :)

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