Great creed…. thanks for posting it. I’m tickled by how many times I come across thoughts on the value of uncertainty. Many years ago, one of my most influential teachers, Jenny Hunter Groat, who died in February of this year, led a calligraphy workshop called “Knowing/Not Knowing” at Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin. As a Buddhist, Jenny was all about living fully in the present moment. She would have liked that spirit in your blog, and you would have liked her! One of the many inspirational and useful things she told us was:
Becoming comfortable with uncertainty is essential to creativity.”
Over the years, those words have probably been more useful to me as an artist than any others.
We found another great quote by Jenny Hunter Groat, along with a video of her here :
What is it that you fear? Some artist’s say they fear the blank canvas. Others say they fear other things. Although I am never now afraid of the blank canvas, I have often in my lifetime feared something. Most often it has been fear of starting something new. In fact, I can say that I’ve been afraid of everything I’ve ever begun, but I went ahead and did it anyhow. – Jenny Hunter Groat
Needless to say, we are stunned by the image of Jenny “Leaping”, that Jeanne sent us. It embodies everything we aspire to. Please click to embiggen.