Saturday, August 20, 2005

writing down the bones


I recommended this book to someone a few days ago and it occurred to me that it would be good for me to read it myself. Now that summer crunch seems to be coming to a close I want to delve into creative pursuits again, but I find my brain is confused with possibilities. I have so many things I want to do that I don’t know what I want to do. And ever-lurking in the darkness is the fear that I won’t be able to find my creative spark again. I feel disheartened. The truth is that I’m tired and will be so until my work schedule is cut back to a 40-hour week; my brain is running so fast my feet are left stumbling in the dust.

And so I cracked open this slim volume, to begin at the beginning, to return to the beginner’s mind, and immediately found solace in Natalie Goldberg’s prose. Although this book is aimed at writers, many of the ideas can be applied to everyday tasks.

“Every time we begin, we wonder how we ever did it before,” she says. “Each time is a new journey with no maps.... Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go."

Thanks, Natalie, that's what I'm going to try to do.

1 comment:

iHanna said...

Great quote, and so true. I did a collage for the first time in 1,5 week yesterday and it was difficult to get started but wonderful to do it again. Writing morning pages, doing art journal almost everyday is SO GOOD, since I don't forget it and have to start again.

But of course there are days and weeks when you are tired, traveling or atending other stuff that you can't do your "thing" and then the paus makes the comming back difficult, just like natalie wrote...

Hope you can work less very soon! That pace can't be good for you!