All The Little Voices

Julia Cameron writes:

“As creative beings, we need silence.” 

I seem to have zoned out of my life lately. I don’t feel comfortable anywhere and most of the time there’s so much going on in my head that getting started on the simplest task becomes sort of an ordeal for me. To be able to create I need to silence all the little voices in my head and concentrate on the moment, the now. To use Julia’s words:

“When we are not current with ourselves, we tune out our lives and our environments.” 

The best thing about Julia for me is that she makes me feel good about myself no matter what. Every time I read her book or even her Facebook status I am overwhelmed with this feeling of well being. Especially now that my husband who was my “believing eye” is not here anymore. On some days when I feel sort of numb and stare at the blank page and can’t produce I seek Julia’s words to keep me from falling apart and giving up on my dreams. To quote her once more: 

“Patience teaches us the rewards on the other side of failure. It is patient faith, not instant inspiration, that shows up at the page, the easel, the piano.”

Patient faith!  

Perhaps the most encouraging story which I am sure most of you are familiar with is told by Alex Hailey: 

“Ornately framed on my wall are two cans of sardines and eighteen cents. In 1960, I was living in a one-room apartment in Greenwich village, New York. I was literally hanging on by my fingernails, trying to make it as a magazine writer. I was selling just enough to keep going from week to week, sometimes from day to day. In my little cupboard, I had those two cans of sardines that were all I had to eat in the world. And I had eighteen cents in my pocket. That’s not the same eighteen cents by the way. I spent the original eighteen cents on a cabbage for dinner that night. I remember thinking at the time, there’s nowhere to go but up. And I put the two cans of sardines in a sack and put it away. Whenever I would move because I didn’t have the rent money, I would always take the sack with me. Six or seven years later I sold my first motion picture rights. That’s when I had those two cans of sardines and that eighteen cents framed.”


“No matter where I go, it will always be displayed as a reminder of the most significant lesson in the world- that when you’re pursuing a creative goal, you must hang in there. You must have faith. You must believe.” 


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