Saturday, 26 May 2012

Some Saturday soul food: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

                              Source: via Jane on Pinterest

Ah lovelies! My goodness, my last two posts answering your *burning questions* from our survey seem to have attracted quite a bit of attention, if my traffic figures are to be believed ☺. I hope you're enjoying finding out a bit more about my 'back story'. I'm now wondering why I didn't think to do this sooner! Bringing back early posts for a repeat showing sure makes it easier for me with my wounded wing. I thought I'd give you a breather after all the information you've had to absorb this week. 

Tonight I'm sharing a quotation from one of my favourite German writers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). I studied him when majoring in German for my Arts degree. I must get around to posting about my love of all things German some day soon! He made such stunning contributions to German literature, including Faust, which are still studied and widely read 200 years later. Here is something succinct and powerful.
Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it.  
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
This resonates with me so strongly right now, on so many levels. 

The creative within me, the life-force propelling me out of the depths of severe post-natal depression and grief, is dreaming. They're big dreams. They're so huge that my brain is struggling to coalesce them into concrete, 'doable' steps of exciting projects. 

Just today, I spent a few hours writing a 'brain dump' of all the ideas which are crowding my brain, trying to get to the starting line first. It helped. A little. I need to spend more time on it but it was a start. And it was encouraging. Thrilling, even.

But then, as usual, the recovering perfectionist in me was tapped on the (right - it's always the right) shoulder by the Voice of Doubt (VOD), that pesky underminer who always wants his two bobs' worth. Can I do it? Am I being ridiculous? How can it all possibly work together? I should think about it a lot more and examine all the pros and cons.

And then I read Goethe's words. Calmness soaked into my veins. 

I can do this. I can be bold. I just need to begin these new projects. Now. No time like the present (er, once my hand has healed, that is!).

Cryptic, I know. Sorry to tease you but once I've worked out the way forward (no procrastinating thankyou, Mr VOD), I'll share it with you here. Promise.

So tell me, do Goethe's words inspire you? Are they the spark you need to propel you to do something you've yearned after for ages? Do share!
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