John Cage: Saying YES to Unpredictability

We opened the John Cage’s enduringly great A Year from Monday and found this extraordinary set of questions*:

How immediately are you going to say Yes to no matter what unpredictability, even when what happens seems to have no relation to what one thought was one’s commitment?

The kind of YES he’s talking about is full committment: going with a process, and taking the risk that it won’t be what you thought:

The true YES of the daring creative.

How often have we done THAT?




*After we wrote this post, we discovered that we had already written about the very same quote, almost four years ago. At that time, too, we opened A Year from Monday at random —no, the book isn’t creased there…it was truly random —  and were stunned by his extraordinary question. Resonant!

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