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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Something to Share

I've been cleaning out my stash area and I ran across this particular quote and realized I should share it here. I find that it helps when I get overly self critical of my designs, and since I think that most of us tend to be more critical of ourselves than we should be, I think it will have meaning at one point or another in everyone's lives.

This was part of a letter from Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille:

"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 will 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 with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

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."


OpenID puffthemagicrabbit said...

Wow. Gotta remember that one- thanks for sharing!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Thank you so much. It's so easy to get discouraged or focus on the wrong things. That quote is THE message I needed to read today!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

thank you so much for posting that! I really needed to hear that reminder this week. God bless you Melanie!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Saralyn said...

This is one of my favorite creativity quotes. Thanks for reminding me of it.

11:04 AM  
Blogger All 9 Muses said...

Wow! That's so true. I'm glad you shared that with us. It serves us well to have a reminder like that to keep on doing what we enjoy. It is worth it.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Sally Anne said...

Thank you so much for sharing this.
It is so exactly right and true!

7:15 PM  

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