January is a time of clearing out the clutter, centering, remembering what is truly important. I came across this wonderful quote from Martha Graham yesterday, the visionary founder of modern dance and decided it needed to be shared. This is dedicated to all who create or yearn to create but fear is holding them back from being all that they can be.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
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 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 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 ever pleased
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine satisfaction,
A blessed unrest that keeps us marching
And makes us more alive than the others.
|Martha Graham by legendary photographer, Yousuf Karsh (1948)|