Thursday, March 10, 2011

From an artist in DC

Hi Tiffany,

Thank you for connecting, and I appreciate your message - same goes to you. I regret that I won't be able to witness how your piece is going to unfold in the classes that follow, but I trust you will do a beautiful performance.

Without going into much detail, sometimes we spend lots of time and energy (and money) just to learn, at the end, that what we had learned holds no value to what we do - the irony of which, by itself, becomes the most valuable lesson :) We all have our roles to play in this lifetime, and all we can do is to be the best of what we aspire to be....

Fear and terror are normal in the process of giving a birth to new work. It takes a lot of courage, but you have a inner light that shines your way. Best wishes to your creative journey, and please be in touch.

"Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure." - Rainier Maria Rilke

This most excellent missive was sent to me by a digital music artist whose work I have yet to see live. In our lab, she was always peaceful, but powerful. Everything she said had a smile on it, even her story about how she began to compose, which was quite poignant and touch sad.

But what she said is so true on so many levels. The last two blog articles I wrote were about dealing with this very thing. Someone once told me that sometimes you just have to look at something that has happened as a lesson. Sometimes the course fees in the school of life are quite costly. Some of those "student loans" are never gonna be paid off. But when you give birth to something (a baby, a book, a lifetruth), you have to deal with a lot of these very fears in order to prepare yourself.

Prepare yourself.

And do it anyway.

So you can say you did it.

Imagine, plan, prepare, execute...
"And you will know them by their fruit"

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