Friday, January 07, 2011

Jack Johnson - All At Once

"It is all too easy to think of art as something we aspire to, an ideal by which to measure our efforts and find them falling woefully short. Well, that is one way to think of art, and God knows we have bludgeoned ourselves with it pretty thoroughly. Our concepts of "great art" and "great artists" are often less something we aspire to than something we use to denigrate our own effort. We might want to try thinking about art a little differently. 'Art' is less about what we could be and more about what we are than we normally acknowledge. When we are fixated on getting better, we miss what it is we already are-- and this is dangerous because we-- as we are-- are the origin of our art. 'We' are what makes our art original. If we are always striving to be something more and something different, we dilute the power of what it is we actually are. Doing that, we dilute our art."-- Julia Cameron from THE ARTIST'S WAY EVERY DAY: A YEAR OF CREATIVE LIVING.

I'm at Starbucks because I couldn't focus at the house with the t.v. running 24-7. I am going to stop saying "should". It's not very easy. I am going to start moving my things out slowly to the apartment. I got the news today. I'm looking forward to it, but I will miss where I've been as I've received a lot of gifts, helpfulness and kindness, but it's time to move on. I'm ready.

I want to start walking and may walk around the lake today. I'm staying in Denver and will be moving to Lakewood. I will miss Starbucks and the coffee shop in old Town Arvada, but I can go to the library with a thermos of coffee and get just as much out of it, probably more.

I blather, but seriously will try to write some today. I think the quote above is very helpful in our product oriented society. It so often comes down to people asking each other what it is they "do". I will be able to answer, "I write poems," now. I may volunteer, but I'm moving on to a new phase of my life, and it feels pretty good today, but I still have a little cash today. I think time will be good for me and less stress will also be good.

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