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Another pebble on the cyber beach

Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Steven Pressfield ‘The War Of Art’

Forget safety

Live where you fear to live

Destroy your reputation

Be notorious.

Rumi

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.

Steven Pressfield ‘The War Of Art’

As someone who has always felt more comfortable under the radar, in the wings, and on the sidelines, stepping out into the blogosphere, even with a brown paper bag over my head in the form of a nom de plume, feels like one giant step to take. I was often first in class at school but started to drop marks so that I wouldn’t have eyes focused on me when collecting the annual prize on stage. Somehow, though, it was easy to accept the art and poetry and literature prizes because they didn’t matter.

I have wrestled with what Steven Pressfield calls resistance since my early teens when a creatively lethal knot of circumstances and rebellion clicked into place like a perfect Rubik cube. I have only recently, four decades later, and with a lot of help, been able to disentangle and understand this.

When struggling with the idea of starting this blog a close friend said to me, ‘Oh just do it! You’ll just be another pebble on the cyber beach, nobody’s going to notice you.’ I liked this idea.

So I’m giving you what I’ve got. A pebble.

Resistance

 

8 thoughts on “Another pebble on the cyber beach

  1. Julie Phillips

    One small pebble and one step at a time…. do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain. Wonderful to have you online and being a virtual mirror for us all.

    1. by.fire@unseen.is Post author

      Hi Julie, thank you so much. Your gift of Roger Deakin’s ‘Notes From Walnut Tree Farm’ and your reasons for giving it to me were part of the inspiration for the blog.

  2. Genevieve

    …. Roll on amongst the waves ….. you’re the smooth one i’ll be looking for in the cyber sand. The rounded, beautifully shaped by life one. I love this!

  3. Rosiebones

    New to this blog, I have just read from This is Light through to another pebble …
    This is so exquisitly, sweetly, gentle, brutal and honest. You have guts and heart girl. R

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