Martha Graham picture from www.portlandart.netHello all, welcome to Monday!
On last Wednesday's post, my friend Martha left an amazing quote in the comments here, and I hope that she doesn't mind that I bump it up here--I really love it. It's a quote from dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor 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 yourself open and aware 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.I really feel that openness is the best way to live and write--being open to opportunity whether that opportunity presents itself within me, or within the world in general. And I love this quote because it doesn't sugar coat, but speaks to truth--the truth about living within dissatisfaction, but a dissatisfaction which spurs us to create.
What do you see in this quote? How open are you to your own talent? How dissatisfied are you? What will you do with that dissatisfaction this week?
And, a sidebar on being open to the universe--Martha (not the dancer, but the writer friend) and I had our first children at the same time, lived in the same town, and grew a friendship through learning how to be mothers. We both moved away from that town, and into the same new town. :) Regardless of this, we lost touch. Occasionally, we bumped into each other around town, but not as much as one might think. Then I met Anna, who introduced me to Nandini, who "introduced" me to Martha. LOL. I am so happy to be reconnected with this amazing friend! Thanks Martha!