My first book was titled, The Flour and the Boy. I wasn’t a great speller back then either, or a great illustrator, or writer for that matter—but I loved what I created and I marched into my school library, wholeheartedly placed the book on the counter, and asked the librarian to please make it available for check out. She seemed thrilled! She said she would prefer, since it is an absolute treasure and there is only one copy in print, that I keep it safe. I was five, but I clearly remember the expression of her encouragement. That little book is a treasure, but more than the book, her kindness. She affirmed my desire to create and share.
It is my hope that we all follow the light of our own desire to create, and trust that it is worthy to be in the world as an absolute treasure—even if sometimes we are the sole admirer. There are hits and misses, joy and pain, approvals and dismissals—create from the place that sits just outside of that. March wholeheartedly into your Wild and Holy—and don’t look back even when they want to make you good again. You are not here to be good. There is a place beyond good...go there.
The Flour and the Boy is a story about humans listening to nature, nature revealing that it is not fixed to the limits of our understanding, but a mystery full of magic to fall in love with. Forty years later, I wrote a very similar book—because my writing has improved (my spelling only slightly). No kidding, I’m going to see if the library will make it available for check out. It requires a lot more courage this time around, but I know where courage lives inside my body.
It’s not about what we do well, although we have been conditioned to believe that. We are not here to be busy and appear successful. We are here to discover the nature of our own being, to find out what brightens and what dims, what improves energy and what depletes energy, what makes us feel more alive. So, it’s not about what we create, it’s about where we create from. That which brightens you, brightens the world.
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