A woman in the 1770s meticulously and patiently labors at sewing her Masterpiece–a woman’s dress. She may spend a month using only needle, thread, and fabric without benefit of anything electrical to speed her stitches or illuminate her work space. She creates using only natural light. She is not rushed. She is uninterrupted by an in-box or anything electronic that chirps, rings, or beeps. She does not work to music, but to silence. She creates using only her hands, using no pattern other than the vision in her mind. She is not in a hurry. She is at peace.
When you write your Masterpiece can you say the same? Can you find a quiet and uninterrupted, uncluttered time and space to pursue your craft? If you do, you may find that by sunset your soul is satisfied and your work is indeed nearing perfection. Less is more. When you are at one with your work, you are grateful for having been given the purpose of creating something, that until this moment, never existed. And all of heaven rejoices.
What will you write or create today?
“Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.” Khalil Gibran
“You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it never
Rises from the soul, and sways
The heart of every single hearer,
With deepest power, in simple ways.
You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,
Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,
Blowing on a miserable fire,
Made from your heap of dying ash.
Let apes and children praise your art,
If their admiration’s to your taste,
But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,
Unless it rises up from your heart’s space.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe — Faust: First Part
Photos Taken: Williamsburg, VA — May 2013 — Liz Gray