You need to realize something else: that you can lead a perfectly good and satisfactory life even if you’re not a writer. When I figured out that I could be perfectly happy and not be a writer, I became a better writer.
I don’t think you ought to let your happiness depend on writing. There are a lot of worthwhile things you can do. The unhappiest people in the world may be the ones who think their happiness depends on artistic success of some kind.
I’m working on my book again, and this quote echoes where I’m at in my thinking. I want to live my life, really live it, and out of that richness will come a river of words. That’s what I believe.
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Posted in Art, Creating, Living, Poetry, Reading, tagged Living, Poetry, sacred, simplicity, summer, Wendell Berry on August 19, 2008|
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I’m back from a quiet, introspective summer interlude. I didn’t exactly mean to take a vacation from blogging, but books, a much-needed rest, and time shared with family and friends have filled our days.
I’ve been reading, for example, Wendell Berry’s collection, Given:
The exquisite poem “How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)” is included in this book. In it Berry says:
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
I think the poet speaks wisdom.
Certain concepts, no doubt influenced by my reading, are on my mind this summer: respect for life, natural rhythms, found beauty, ritual…. I want to live with intention, but also freedom; with words, but also people; with simplicity, but also richness. I want my home, my life, my interaction with others, this blog, to be a sacred space.
What are you thinking of this summer?
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