“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and 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, not how it compares with 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.”
This quote by Martha Graham resonates on so many levels. It reminds me of my potential as an artist and that I have a right to express. It begs the questions: Am I allowing ego or fear of failure to run my life? Or am I listening to the whispers of my muse begging me to follow in her path to be a creator in this world? To share with the world and connect with people. But how often do we fall short with our work or stop dead in our tracks because we feel we’re not good enough or maybe no one cares? Martha reminds us to check our ego at the door and just do the work. For if we don’t, our unique expression in this world will be lost forever.
So what are your thoughts? Does this quote touch a nerve in you? Are you blessed to have a constant flow of creativity in your life or do you sometimes experience road blocks?
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