Hello! Thanks for checking back for day 2 of #theampersandproject. If you missed day 1, you can check that out here. Today's clip explores that feeling we get when someone else pursues the brilliant ideas that we never got around to executing ourselves. You know exactly what I mean! Doesn't feel good, does it?
Well, what if we didn't hoard our ideas for a rainy day? What if we trusted that more ideas would follow? Author Annie Dillard implores us to take action on our ideas, lest they become lost to us forever. Full quote below.
One of the few things I know about writing is this: spent it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. - The Writing Life, Annie Dillard