Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On Courage

"What “real artists” have is courage. Not enormous gobs of it. Just enough for today. Creativity, like breathing, always comes down to the question, “Are you doing it now?” The awful truth is that there is always some small creative act for which we can find the courage. If you can’t mail your manuscript today, you can Xerox it and address the envelope. Perhaps tomorrow the envelope can be dropped in the mail. Just for today, even if you can’t start a new canvas, you can stretch one, gesso one, and clean your brushes. As with housework, there is always something, and the little somethings add up, over time, to a flow. Courage, after all, is a matter of heart, and hearts do their work one beat at a time."

Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold

Today, I challenge you to find your daily dose of courage and step out of your comfort zone.

**Shamelessly stolen from here.


Cheryl said...

But I like my comfort zone. It is so cuddly and warm in here.

V.R. Leavitt said...

I left my house. Does that count? :-) That's a nice quote. I've really enjoyed Julia Cameron's Artist Way course.

Jean said...

I know...I love my comfort zone too. Of course, lately it's been pulled and stretched and abused it's not the same at it was a week a go.

But that's cool...I'm having fun exploring the new territory.:-)