Sacred Sundays: When Art becomes Work and Work becomes ArtWritten by Chela Davison
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Monday, 27 June 2011 19:58
Good painfully honest reflection and confession here, Chela.
Drawing from my own experiences of literary reticence on this site and others, I think we often come to condition our participation in writing on a site like this with the notion that whatever we contribute must conform to some kind of formula for perfection. And there isn't anything wrong with putting some elbow grease into our offerings.
But there is something of the raw, honest nature of good writing that often times gets lost in that shuffle. The dance of, "this is what I'm supposed to be," as opposed to, "this is what I am."
Having the courage to lay down the truth of the matter in a thoughtful and open fashion requires as much -- if not more -- work than the most finely polished piece. And my experience has been that often times it is those pieces that resonate most with readers.
So too, in life, we lose the sacred in spaces of self-inflicted bureaucracy and mechanical perfection. That which is sacred is that which is true. So, in some senses, to live sacredly is to live life as it is and not according to the story we tell ourselves.
Thanks for translating that struggle eloquently into this piece.
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:05
I saw this quote today on CChaos's Facebook page and for some reason immediately thought of this post and Scott's reply. Thought it somehow spoke to the conversation here.
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