April 1, 2009

More on Extinction

I just can’t let go of this idea of extinction. My faith is great and I trust that this is not the end. But I do believe that what happens here matters. I do believe that creative thoughts, and ideas, and longings that aren’t given life are lost forever. I believe that we have one chance to be the full expression of who were were meant to be, and in that full expression we impact others. And I believe the opposite is true -- I think more than just the individual suffers who chooses to silence their gift. We have more power and influence than we could ever imagine. These words from Martha Graham move me to action when I find self-doubt silencing my voice.

“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,
this 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.”