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Monday
Jan192009

Slow Progress Is Still Progress

I'm once again working through The Artist's Way.

I say "once again" because this is either my third or fourth attempt. It's not that it doesn't work for me, it's that every time I try it, I get a little farther, I learn something new, and then I fall out of the routine. (I'm pretty much guaranteed to have some schedule-rattling interruption in any given twelve-week period.) Fortunately, I do keep coming back to it, and I keep learning and growing.

As I've done every time, I've started from the beginning, re-reading the chapters and working through the exercises. And today I encountered this in chapter 2:
As your recovery progresses, you will come to experience a more comfortable faith in your creator and your creator within. You will learn that it is actually easier to write than not write, paint than not paint, and so forth. You will learn to enjoy being the process of being a creative channel and to surrender your need to control the result. You will discover the joy of practicing your creativity. The process, not the product, will become your focus.

I've read that passage two or three times before, but this is first time it's seemed profoundly true.
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