Sunday, January 3, 2016
Take My Breath Away
Trust. Your ability to surrender to what can't be seen. The blank page contains the endless possibility. There is no horizon, only everything is there, filling in the blank at once. How do you find your way? Is a blank page a raft or an abyss? Is the first word or stroke of line, color, shape, the tear in the fabric that let's you disappear into what you will eventually see? Once it's realized and can be seen clearly, it is trusted.
That is to say, it is enough to stand up to the scrutiny of others. The willingness to say yes or no to its meaning depends upon the intricacies of its metaphor. The mystery is up to you to change the view of the world that is stretching out before you. Pick a pen, a brush, a pencil, a certain stroke to begin. Here is the blank page.
In so many ways, the blank page is daunting, and I think if writers or artists were to think intently about it, they would freeze up and not make that initial stroke, or slash, or strike. A blank page is chilly in its perfection, and we all know that to be truly creative, we must make a mess.
So far, ( this is the third day of January, 2016), I have had hits and misses. However, I have changed the page, and that is what my work is. I have something to think about now.
For me, the natural world has been a source of inspiration. It doesn't take long for me to slip into the mind of weather. The land supports my steps as I go further and further away from what I call home. In so many ways, my day to day life is caught in a struggle between routine and adventure. Status quo resembles the dumped rocks, stones, boulders known as riprap that protect Ontario's shoreline. Status quo (another world for fear) keeps everyone walking with their heads looking down on the worn path. Status quo is a big fat NO. I find 'no' annoying. I like looking up. Yes. Make it so.
Sidebar note: I have decided to pay myself $2.74 every day I work on my own work. I'm putting it in a bank. By year's end, I will have a nest egg (1000.00, more or less) and hopefully a new book or two.