Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Conversation With A Muse

Last Fall,, I attended a conference where one of the exercises was to write a conversation with our muse. What follows is a portion of my conversation.

Muse: "How are you doing?"

Me: "OK, I guess."

Muse: "And the Art....How's IT coming?"

Me: " It's been better."

Muse: "You're trying too hard. Let go. You have to let it come THROUGH you. Don't force it. You'll kill it, if you do that."

Me: "I know. I guess I'm stressed. Feeling the pressure, you know?"

Muse: "You care too much what people will think. Let them think what they like. It has nothing to do with you. That's not your job. Your job is to be prepared, to show up and to do the work. The best you can. You can't help what other people think."

Me: "Well, there's the money."

Muse: "Well there is ALWAYS the money, isn't there?"

Me: "I could use the work. I could use the money."

Muse: "Certainly. But do try not to let the money rule everything. Besides, you've got enough of a job there, just doing the Art. Haven't you?"

Me: "I suppose you're right. OK, I know you're right. But, sometimes, it's hard. It's frustrating. I keep looking for the right answer."

Muse: "There is no RIGHT answer. There is YOUR answer. You must search for THAT."

Me: "Thank you."

Muse: "You are, as always, welcome."



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