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Without Rhyme Nor Reason

October 30, 2012

Life has an ebb and flow to it from which I receive a great deal of satisfaction. I do enjoy the roller coaster ride, especially when I look backwards.   This ebb and flow is vulnerable to our view of ourselves, our place in the world and indeed, the world itself.  Flow with this ebb and you see balance….block it or agitate it and you get ‘Sandy’ (the hurricane :)).

I received an email today that speaks to life’s movement and our unique views/beliefs, of it.  The email is a quote by Martha Graham.  Martha was an award winning American, Modern dancer and choreographer.  She was born in 1894 and died in 1991.  Her influence in her medium is compared to Picasso’s influence on modern art and Stravinsky’s on music (Wikipedia)  She won many awards and a great deal of recognition in her lifetime.

Here is the quote:

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 on a queer, divine dissatisfaction,
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.”
Although it appears that this quote speaks to artists, it’s wisdom crosses all boundaries and is spoken to those that dare to listen.
It may appear that there is no rhyme nor reason to our obsession to paint, write, dance, build or bake but if we feel we must, then I suppose it would be wise to give up the wondering why and just Nike swoosh it….Just Do It!
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