I have not been blogging much. Partly because I have been revising several manuscripts for my publisher, partly because I have been feeling down about my writing, largely because I have been already judging it negatively before it’s even finished.
Then today the following quote attributed to Martha Graham appeared in my inbox:
“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.”
Thank you, Martha Graham. Thank you whoever sent it to me. I needed to hear that and I need to remember it. Maybe you do too.