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Monday, March 1, 2010

Showing Up Anyway

"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."   Anais Nin

It's amazing how intense fear can be; how much it wants to stop us in our creative tracks, how much it wants us to avoid and resist rather than DO.  How it compares us to every other creative person out there and tells us we don't measure up.  And it's amazing how often we listen to it and allow it to squelch our beautiful creative energy.

I'm tired of listening to fear.  I'm tired of allowing it to put parameters around my ideas and inspirations.  i'm tired of allowing it to zap my creative energy today when yesterday i felt like flying.

So, for today, I promise...

to DO despite the fear.  To simply begin even when i feel like hiding inside myself.  To be willing to pick up the pen or place my fingers on the keyboard even when i have no idea of what i'm going to say.  To be willing to pick up the paintbrush even when the idea of creating something "not good enough" scares the hell out of me.  To be willing to keep going, to keep showing up, even while my scaredy cat mind criticizes and berates and places limits.

What i know for sure is that in the moment of creating, when i'm really truly present, when i'm really truly open and allowing and trusting, beautiful things happen.  Beautiful things that have nothing whatsoever to do with the "product, " and everything to do with me showing up and honoring what's inside and allowing it to move through me.

Dear Readers,

Here's to being afraid and DOing anyway.  Here's to honoring all that's inside our hearts and to knowing that there are no limits to what we can create.  Here's to showing up, again and again and again--with trust and openness, and allowing the beautiful creative process to take us where we need to go.   Here's to getting out of our own way and allowing our creative selves to blossom.

With love,



  1. Thanks for writing exactly what I needed to hear in this moment!

  2. Yeah! You've got it. Every time I get to see one of your paintings, I feel giddy and excited--and ever so happy you DID, and SHOWED!


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