A Life-force, A Quickening


lifeforce-quickening“There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of 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 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.”

-Martha Graham from Agnes De Mille’s Dance to the Piper
(lines spacing and bolding liberties taken by Make Great Stuff…)


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  1. Uncle Jack says:

    A beautiful website. Many have commented on its beaty and value. I have one complaint–Are there any special ideas for people over 80 to pursue? Us old folks like to make stuff, too.

  2. Hi Sarah! Fond you via Havi’s blog.Love love love this quote. It was somewhere in the back of my memory. Now that you’ve reminded me, I’m going to copy it out where I can see it. Thank you!

  3. Sarah says:

    @Mahala–So glad to hear that this quote resonated for you too–I’ve got it pinned up on my studio wall as well and it helps me all the time. And Havi’s blog is awesome–I’m an avid reader!
    @Uncle Jack–there’s no age limit for crafting! I think you and Shirlee could really enjoy a little rice paper decoupage in the afternoon… ;-)

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