Ending on an Up Note:

creativity1In a TED talk given in February 2009, writer Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame), talked about the origins, burdens, and blessings of living a creative life. It’s no secret that the best teachers are often the most creative ones. Still, we sometimes shrink from the prospect of our most creative impulses. Near the end of her talk, Gilbert offered this admonition:

“Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then ‘Ole!’ And if not, do your dance anyhow. And ‘Ole!’ to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. ‘Ole!’ to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.

You can see a video of the entire 20-minute talk here.

Ole!  And enjoy your weekend.


3 comments on “Ending on an Up Note:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! Sends the week off on a strong, inspiring note

  2. kencasey99 says:

    I like the phrase “divine, cock-eyed genius”–the creative muse is indeed hard to figure.

    • That is the precisely the phrase that grabbed me, Ken. I was driving to the fort when I heard the talk for the second or third time, and “divine, cock-eyed genius” made me laugh aloud. It seemed especially appropriate for the events of the week. Glad you liked it, too.

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