Words For Wednesday: Vitality

I’ve long had a theory that everything is connected – that one thing inevitably leads to the next – that information travels from one person to another as naturally as water flows in a stream. Today’s words were originally written by Martha Graham to her friend Agnes DeMille, and were read by my friend Laura, who passed them on to her friend (and mine) Diane, who passed them on to me.

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique

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 it is;
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.
No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.

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