Keeping the Channel Open – Dec. 14

It’s a pre-Christmas day – cold, mottled sunlight, a few snow flurries.

I’m with my guitar, looking out the window…a new song beginning to surface. The melody is haunting and comes quickly. The lyrics start, stop, start… stop – ensnarled in a mesh of critical thoughts, judgements and disappointments. The song slips back into the void. My guitar returns to its case.

Casting about, I remember a quote from Martha Graham – a dancer who gave herself unapologetic license to say what she thought, be who she was.

I read it for the hundredth time, realizing what a gift it is to me…to all of us.

“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 time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. 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.”                               

Martha Graham

      Wishing you wonderful outcomes in the New Year


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