Tuesday, February 5, 2008


“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 expression. 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

Becky posted this quote under my 'What Happens It Doesn't Turn Out Right' post a few weeks ago. I can't get it out of my mind. How refreshing it is to a weary creative.


Keep open and aware.

Blessed unrest.

More alive than others.


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pottermom said...

How true this is for me in my line of artistic creation also. Sometimes it just doesn't work, it doesn't turn out. The decision of how to move forward and not to just give up is the challenge some days. The key is to not look at these "failures" as such. They are lessons we learn.