Devotion to the Work
I've been sharing some of my favorite quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert's new book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (2015). These quotes explore attitudes about doing the work:
- Measure your work by your dedication to your path.
- Focus on the devotion to my creative work. That is how to measure my worth. I only have control over my discipline.
- Just say what you want to say, then say it with all your heart.
- Write a book to entertain yourself, not to help someone else.
- Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
- Work on your craft every day with steady discipline and love.
- Make absolutely whatever you want to make. It's nobody's business but your own.
- Write with the fealty of a holy pilgrim.
- Frustration is not an interruption of the process. Frustration is the process.
- Mere completion is an honorable achievement in its own right. What's more, it's a rare one.
- Release something that is good enough.
- Don't rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.
- Never be ashamed of the work. You did your best with what you knew, and you worked with what you had, in the time that you were given.
- You were invited and you showed up. You cannot do more than that.
With that coaching, I am tackling my pending writing projects with new attitudes and energy.