Friday, January 30, 2009

Be willing to go naked!

I'm so moved by this quote.

“My own belief is that one regards oneself, if one is a serious writer, as an instrument for experiencing. Life – all of it – flows through this instrument and is distilled through it into works of art. How one lives as a private person is intimately bound into the work. And at some point I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader or real relative or friend, and come out with personal truth. If we are to understand the human condition, and if we are to accept ourselves in all the complexity, self-doubt, extravagance of feeling, guilt, joy, the slow freeing of the self to its full capacity for action and creation, both as human being and as artist, we have to know all we can about each other, and we have to be willing to go naked.” -

May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

I mean wow! My life longing has been held in this quote all my life. "how one lives as a private person is intimately bound into the work." And I feel more and more as time passes I am more and more naked to myself. I see more, reveal more, and allow for more of of my inner being out into the light of day. The art that wants to come through, the words that have been waiting for me are getting closer to the surface... getting ready to make their leap into the world of Being.

Reading this quote was such an affirmation in my day. Can I hear an amen?

I thank you May!

1 comment:

PCGuyIV said...

As I find myself writing more and more, I find myself agreeing with that statement more and more. A statement I made regarding a different topic seems to apply, at least in part, to this as well: Sincerity wins out every time. Before, I was referencing eloquence. This time, though sincerity wins out over censorship.

Perhaps censorship isn’t quite the right word, but it does embody the idea of presenting an edited version of onesself, and on that level, a person’s writing will never reach its full potential until that self-censorship is thoroughly eliminated.