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Excerpted Inspirations #18

"If you want to be an artist of any sort ... then handling your frustration is a fundamental aspect of the work -- perhaps the single most fundamental aspect of the work. Frustration is not an interruption of your process; frustration is the process. The fun part (the part where it doesn't feel like work at all) is when you're actually creating something wonderful, and everything's going great, and everyone loves it, and you're flying high. But such instants are rare. You don't just get to leap from bright moment to bright moment. How you manage yourself between those bright moments, when things aren't going so great, is a measure of how devoted you are to your vocation, and how equipped you are for the weird demands of creative living. Holding yourself together through all the phases of creation is where the real work lies."


-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic (2015), p. 149 Photo and "The Garden of my Mind" painting by Liz Kufs

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