We are either beginning or we are dead

Are you on a road of great beginnings?
Are you on a road of great beginnings? If not, step up to your authentic self!

Are you feeling blue because you haven’t “done-it-right,” “been published enough,” “been enough?” Here’s another way of getting past that regretful thinking, through the lens of creating art. Whether it’s the art of life that grows out of our unique gifts, or poetry itself, the message is the key to freedom from the chains that hold us back!

To Hayden Carruth
by Wendell Berry 

Dear Hayden, when I read your book I was aching
in head, back, heart, and mind, and aching
with your aches added to my own, and yet for joy
I read on without stopping, made eager
by your true mastery, wit, sorrow, and joy,
each made true by the others. My reading done,
I swear I am feeling better. Here in Port Royal
I take off my hat to you up there in Munnsville
in vour great dignity of being necessary. I swear
it appears to me you’re one of the rare fellows
who may finally amount to something. What shall
I say? I greet you at the beginning of a great career?
No. I greet you at the beginning, for we are
either beginning or we are dead. And let us have
no careers, lest one day we be found dead in them.
I greet you at the beginning that you have made
authentically in your art, again and again.
“To Hayden Carruth” by Wendell Berry from New Collected Poems. © Counterpoint Press, 2012.

WOW!

“I greet you at the beginning, for we are
either beginning or we are dead. And let us have
no careers, lest one day we be found dead in them.
I greet you at the beginning that you have made
authentically in your art, again and again.”

Let today be a good day! Answer the call to adventure — the call to BEGINNING. “We are either beginning or we are dead.” Whether you take a small step or a large one, it makes no difference, as long as you move into that authentic place of beginning, where joy is part of the journey, and discovery is inevitable. That process is the authenticity we crave as artists, seekers and Storyweavers. That is where we live best.

Carol Burbank is a healer, writing and life coach, writer, teacher, and gardener. Storyweaving can be experienced long distance, in person, or through her new self-paced workbook: Playbook One: Answer the Call to Adventure! You can find out more at www.storyweaving.com, or email her.

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