An Open Letter


This post was originally written for and appeared on my friend Brian Russell’s website a few months back.

I had just finished reading the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s about overcoming and avoiding the roadblocks we face in any creative endeavor.

Inspired by what I read in this book, I posted an open letter from a muse. Perhaps she sounds familiar to you. Perhaps not. Some muses are more demanding than others…

An Open Letter

It’s me here. We need to talk. I’m feeling neglected. Yes, I understand that your life seems overwhelming. Your child is sick, your spouse needs more of your time, cutbacks at work mean more work for you. Add the beginnings of what very well may be an ulcer and mounting bills to the mix and you have all the elements of a first class physical and emotional breakdown.

Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t care. To me, they’re simply excuses; reasons to succumb to your fears. Ignore me at your own peril. Every day that goes by when you refuse to meet with me is a day I will wreak havoc on your life. I care not about your sickness and your busy schedule. I exist only to be satisfied by your offering. Curse me or bless me. But remember that you created me.

The white canvas, the blank journal page, the blinking cursor on your computer screen, the potter’s wheel, the unfinished song which sits quietly beside your guitar or piano, and countless other places. Where will I be?

Don’t indulge yourself with the illusion that you don’t know where to find me. You know where I’ll be. And I’ll meet you there.

Relentlessly yours,

Your Muse

“There is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

~George Bernard Shaw

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8 Responses to “An Open Letter”

  1. sherri June 16, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    I remember reading this–so true. Almost, embarassingly so.
    Those muses…they know everything, don’t they?

    Great post.
    .-= sherri´s last blog ..Bonnaroo? Bonna-who? =-.

  2. laura June 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Since we have been doing The Right to Write in our book club over at High Calling Blogs, I have tried to give my muse a little more attention. I honestly didn’t realize this was an important part of the creative process until Julia Cameron told me. Then I was like,
    “Duh!” Of course I’m all inspired and stuff when I treat my creative self to creative stuff. Now I’m having artist’s dates and all that. Who knew a muse could be so fun?

    I might have to pick this book up.
    .-= laura´s last blog ..Celebration =-.

  3. Nikole Hahn June 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Dear Muse,

    You are no fun anymore. We used to get along. I’m thinking of getting a new muse one who can hang with my new schedule (Did I really say ‘hang?’ So eighties.).

    Nikki

    Great blog, Katdish

  4. Louise June 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Um, do you think your muse could call my muse and they could set a date so I don’t have to listen to her whining at me to pay attention? I mean, really, doesn’t she know I’ve got a life and all that stuff? Pushy broad is she!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Give back. =-.

  5. Jake June 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    I have to confess, I wonder what to make of that book. Mostly because the man made so many sacrifices and lost a lot to get to his dream. Is that healthy? At the same time, I almost threw the book on the ground so I could jump up and get going on my own dreams. . . It all needs balance, I guess. 🙂 You’re the reason I bought that book. Just so you know 😀
    .-= Jake´s last blog ..Life of the Believer 2: Sweat =-.

  6. Kelly Langner Sauer June 19, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    *chuckle* in true Katdish style…
    .-= Kelly Langner Sauer´s last blog ..dilemma =-.

  7. Tony Alicea January 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    LOVE this! You have as much time as everyone else. Some are just more intentional about using it for their Muse.

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