“People who are serious about pursuing their vocation look for purchase, not for a map of the future or a guided way up the cliff. They try not to cling too closely to what seems to bar their way, but look for where the present point of contact actually resides. No matter what it looks like.” David Whyte in Three Marriages
Still haven't made it down the pile to that book, but am very much looking forward to it! Maybe you just need another session with Lisa? She sounds like just what you need!
I loved getting to see David Whyte's words here. It sounds to me like you're in that place where you're absorbing your new learning, that tipped uncomfortable place where the old is revealed as finished and the new isn't quite settled in yet. Exactly where you need to be.
My dearest friend, I am glad that these classes are helping you to reach the higher level of perfection that you are looking for but you are already a talented writer, with your own personal style. Your writing is vivid and passionate, clear, true and honest. This is what I enjoy reading. When I read your blog, reviews, emails or the few pages of your book that I read, I am happy to read you, again with your own style.
Writing has been a strong medium of expression for me these last few months, but I am not a writer and I know my writing will most likely stop the way it started, one day when I don't feel this urge of putting into words what I so strongly feel. I am just temporarily borrowing writing from the true writers.
Taking your your quote from David Whyte, I am neither looking for purchase nor a map of the future, just for my own need. You write for yourself but also for the enjoyment of your readers, you are a true writer, willing to share your words with the world.
I know exactly how it feels not to be the writer one hopes to become, but I must say, when I read your blog, I often think,"That's what I want to say! She gets the words right."
And this, as you quoted, "They try not to cling too closely to what seems to bar their way, but look for where the present point of contact actually resides." Yes. "The present point of contact." To keep making the connection, sparking.
Thank you for this reminder as I prepare to begin again, picking up where I last left the work. Your words give me courage.
I'm thrilled you took a class with Lisa. She is an incredibly talented writer. I love her work.