We give birth to ourselves…

When we conceive an enterprise and commit to it in the face of our fears, something wonderful happens… we give birth to ourselves, to that person we were born to be, to the one whose destiny was encoded on our soul, our daimon, our genius.

~Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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20 Responses to We give birth to ourselves…

  1. Tall Pajama Man August 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    sounds like a book I am gonna have to get. (and awesome pic, J! )

    • j August 10, 2011 at 8:02 am #

      It’s a great book about dealing with your own resistance. I read it for the second time this weekend and got a whole different important lesson from it than I got the first time. You get what you need, when you’re ready to see it, right?

  2. Michael August 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    So, did you slip into the underneath when you rode it? Did you see gods? ;) That should also be your book sleeve picture, even if your publisher wants something more traditional and perfectly focused.

    • j August 10, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      No gods, damn it. (That’s my favorite scene in the book.) Maybe this can be the picture for the Love Project book – I look pretty fearless, don’t I?

  3. Estrella Azul August 10, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Carousels are little bits of magic to me. What a great photo, j, love how well it goes with the quote!
    (now I have to check out that book :) )

    • j August 10, 2011 at 8:06 am #

      I love carousels too. And yes, you should check out the book. It’s all about how we resist our own best pursuits – the things, like writing, that will feed our souls and move us further down our own personal evolutions. It’s short but powerful.

  4. lunaJune August 10, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Is that the carousel at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fran ? fab shot.. I too have a sweet spot for them.
    It is up to us to define…find…and create our lives….and to make it the best we can. ♥ and fill it with the most wonderful love….for when we leave all we take is the love we were given and all we leave behind is the love we make the love we give ♥

    • j August 10, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      Actually, no. Somewhere I have a picture of me on that one too (more than one picture, I’m sure), but this carousel is at Great America, where I went with The Boy a couple of summers ago to ride roller coasters (and carousels). ;-)

      I think it’s scary to realize how much power we have over our lives, and so instead of taking hold of them and making up our dance, we focus on the barriers and limitations and feel trapped. I’m in the midst of a little evolutionary spurt right now, I think, which is why I wanted to publish Pressfield’s beautiful quote. To remind me that it’s not technically about being fearless, it’s about acting anyway.

  5. KjM August 10, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    The fun, interesting, and hard part of all this is that commitment, that birthing, they are not one time events. Would that they were!

    They are something to be renewed many times and often. Else we forget.

    Leastways, I do.

    Good quote selection, J, and thank you for the reminder.

    • j August 10, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      Yes! I think every time you embark on something new creatively (or in love, which one might argue is the grandest of creative adventures), you commit yourself anew… and are reborn. That’s quite a wonderful thought.

  6. C. Fassett August 10, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    You are gorgeous, j! And the quote is so true. Cowgirl up! :)

    • j August 10, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      HUGE smile. Thank you, Cindy. Someday we will have to cowgirl up in the same place. xo

  7. Pam August 10, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Love it! Makes me think of that old saying from the 70’s–do your thing–so simple, which is completely different than so easy.

    Wonderful photo.

    • j August 10, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      Ha! Yes it is like that, only with all the reasons attached for those of us who are too dense to get it otherwise. ;-)

  8. Rita August 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    I am so in love with that photo of you! xo

    • j August 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      Awww shucks. Thank you!

  9. hippiechick August 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Wow…I love that picture. How perfect with the quote.

    Nice.

    • j August 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks, t. I actually was looking for a different picture, but as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was the right one.

  10. careymjones August 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    L-O-V-E that photo of you. I’m so envious that you were at Great America, it’s been far too long since I’ve visited there :( I have something I want to share with you in an e-mail . . . will be sending soon, saw a film that ‘rocked my world’ (creatively) and also my heart +++ I thought of you because I believe you will also appreciate it in the same way. Excited to hear/read about your evolutionary spurt! Must look up Steven Pressfield :)

    • j August 11, 2011 at 10:16 am #

      Steven Pressfield is really good at the “soulful kick in the pants.” I think every creative person, especially writers, should read The War of Art. Looking forward to watching that movie!

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