Creative living means getting comfortable with space and silence. The writer facing a blank page, the artist before a naked canvas can feel fear (which closes) or excitement (which opens) and it is the same for you, for
whatever you are bringing into being.
The antidote to fear is patience. A willingness to settle into the blank space, and allow it to be. To take up residence there for as long as is necessary.
A willingness, as Rilke put it in his Letters To A Young Poet, to live the question rather than push forth an answer that is not yet ready to be:
“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” (Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903, in Letters to a Young Poet).
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