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Archive for July 9th, 2011

Be Yourself… The Blessed Unrest of Creative Life

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

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.