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You Must Change Your Life–Why Not?

“Never underestimate the power of dreams. The potential for greatness lives within each of us. -Wilma Rudolph

Maybe you know the astonishing Rilke quote, “You must change your life,” which comes from his poem “Archaic Torso of Apollo.” Rilke wrote the poem after reflecting upon a Greek sculpture of Apollo—headless but “with eyes like ripening fruit,” the torso “still suffused with brilliance.” It is as if there is great and vibrant power in the sculpture which is, after all, the replication of a god who is mythical. And that replication then partially destroyed. So the torso is several times removed from reality, and it is ruined. Still, Rilke sees the stone “from all the borders of itself/burst[ing] like a star.” Wow!

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Life’s Lessons: Learning What’s Possible

“We are cups. Constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury

The Buddhist adage, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come” resonates with artists of all ages. Whether we are muddling along or cycling fast, we are here to learn life’s lessons.  Yet, sometimes, it feels like we’re standing still in a crowded intersection. Stepping into the stream of a creative life takes boldness and a great deal of pluck. We’ve been here before. Remember riding up a steep hill for the first time and knowing you have to come down?

When women at a certain golden age step back and reflect, we notice our lives are like a crazy quilt full of heart punches and make do patches. Zigzag patterns of ups and downs mark our journeys. Each stage of our development offers another piece of knowledge to mix in, all part of the great soup of life. Choosing motherhood or career over being an artist doesn’t always have to happen. When we step back, we recognize that  both are possible once we accept the flow or dam of the creative life.

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