Really, you stop and read it over a few times. Maybe you write it down in the margin of your calendar or copy and paste it into the notes section of your phone. Maybe you print it out and tack it to the bulletin board in your studio. You might even get those words tattooed onto your arm. Because, well, you don’t want to forget them. But you do.
Sometimes those forgotten words keep following you, popping up again and again.
This quote from John Cage is one of those for me.
“When you start working, everybody is in your studio—the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas—all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.”John Cage
I love this quote!! I find it comforting and inspiring, like a push. He vividly lists the sources of the baggage that we bring to creating. I can see all of the people around my easel between me and the canvas. Then he reminds me how to get past it, telling me to keep painting and get out of the way. and sometimes I listen.