I’ve been asked to share the poem that was in last post’s photo. It’s by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes:
Pick up the pen already
and put it to the page and stop whining.
Pick up the brush
and be mean to yourself for a change,
Dancers, put on the loose chemise,
tie the ribbons in your hair,
at your waist, or on your ankles
and tell the body to take it from there.
Actress, playwright, poet, musician,
or any other.
Generally, just stop talking,
Don’t say one more word
unless you’re a singer.
Shut yourself in a room with ceiling
or in a clearing under the sky.
Do your art.
a thing cannot freeze if it is moving.
Now, Cat here again: Are you doing your art? Are you finding moments of timelessness, transcendence, exhilaration? If not, do you really have to make another 20 minute trip to the grocery store? Paint, instead. Go ahead and be really mean to yourself, as CPE says.
If I promise not to stop at Michael’s to use another 40% off coupon this week, and write or art instead, will you promise to do whatever you need to do, just for 20 minutes a day?
Okay? Okay. It’s a deal!
With warmth and blessings,