Quotable: Oriah Mountain Dreamer on creativity

“Over and over again our creative work saves us from forgetting what matters, from our focused productivity and our well-laid plans, from the certainty that we know what is best, that we can make things come out the way we think they should with hard work and harder resolve. Creative work saves us from the smaller self, the self that looks at the world with a tight-lipped, narrow-eyed determination, the self that turns away from softness and life-sustaining idleness, from the silence and stillness where stories and music and images, where necessary wisdom and unearned blessings, find us.”

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, What We Ache For

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