For anyone needing a little inspiration today, I offer a quote from Martha Graham to her student Agnes de Mille, found in de Mille’s memoir, Dance to the Piper.


There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, the expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium . . . and be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channel open….No artist is pleased….There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction: a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive.


May we all keep the channel open for the work that is uniquely ours.

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