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  • This quote has played an important role in my life for many years.
    It reminds me of why I am here on Earth.
    It reminds me that humility means going full tilt into the world...leading with my gifts.
    It reminds me to have the courage...
    It reminds me of how truly sacred it is to be alive.
    And to notice that I am alive. Here. Now.

    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.
    You do not even have to
    believe in yourself
    or your work.
    You have to keep open
    and aware directly to
    the urges that motivate YOU.
    Keep the channel open….

    Agnes de Mille reports that Martha Graham (both modern American dancers and choreographers) spoke these words to her at a restaurant while they were having a soda just following the opening of 'Oklahoma!' Agnes was experiencing great success but assessed her work as being 'only fairly good.' She was saying to Martha that she wanted to do what she assessed as great and excellent work. Thus, Martha's words...
    - Paraphrase from Wikipedia

    [Image of Martha Graham...dancing!]
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