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Arts Poetry

Mary Oliver: The poem gets written

Photograph by Molly Malone Cook 1964 from Our World by Mary Oliver

“It is 6am and I am working. I am absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social obligations etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, and the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written.”

Mary Oliver

Who needs the muse when you’ve got a proper habit?

Mary Oliver wrote over 15 poetry and essay collections over her writing career. Her prolific output rested on a simple rule of showing up and filling up the canvass every day.

But she was also jotting down notes all the time, out and about, in nature where she felt freest.

Oliver’s poetic vocation called her wherever she went, as she engulfed the world with an insane curiosity. Slow and deliberate, she let her notebooks bleed into the world.

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Productivity & Work Quotes

Alain de Botton: When the work begins

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“Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.”

Alain de Botton
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Life & Philosophy Poetry

A blink off script

The movie never stops. Interrupted by a flutter of blinks, the mind makes the world whole.

It slams the breaks on silence in exchange for blizzards of visual cues.

We are the opposite of a lighthouse, consuming energy without giving any back.

Perhaps if we framed the photo, took a pause from licking the eyeballs, it would all mean a bit more.

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Life & Philosophy Nature

Nature doesn’t care

Nature doesn’t care — it devours everything and moves on. The problem becomes when we try to control it.

Like the mind, the more we try to alleviate tension in the world around us, the worse it gets.

We are not directors of the environment. “It’s really the wand that chooses the wizard,” as J.K. Rowling writes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

We can’t rule nature. The force is too strong.

Instead of seeking to dismantle our surroundings, it would behoove us to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and adapt to the circumstances accordingly.

It is never an escape from the conditions but an expansion of our comfort zone.

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Arts Quotes

Pablo Picasso on the importance of solitude in doing serious work

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

Pablo Picasso
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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Writing

Relaxed while working

The synchronicities tend to happen in our most relaxed moments, not when we’re stressing out about work or life.

Bothersome thoughts place a block on our ability to connect disparate ideas.

Unmoored from the monkey mind, we grant the synapses a passport to freedom.

In a state of flow, nothing is wanting. The pen can hardly keep up with the bicycle of impressions peddling through our heads.

Awake on our passions, always working to a place where we catch onto to things.