Monday, January 4, 2010

Do Not Wait

Thank you to Mead Hunter for posting this on Blogorrhea. As he so aptly put it (and why mess with a master's words!): "You know: you could start off a new year more worser than by paying heed to Anne Bogart's sage adjurations."

A Word of Advice by Anne Bogart

Do Not assume that you have to have some prescribed conditions to do your best work.


Do Not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in mind.

Work with what you have right now.

Work with the people around you right now.

Work with the architecture you see around you right now.

Do Not wait till you are sure that you know what you are doing.

Do Not wait for what you assume is the appropriate, stress-free environment in which to generate expression.

Do Not wait for maturity or insight or wisdom.

Do Not wait until you have enough technique.

What you do now, what you make of your present circumstances will determine the quality and scope of your future endeavors.

And at the same time, be patient.

A very timely reminder and I think I'll post this where I will see it every day (in my car; on the front door). See it at least once. Every day. I've been in a bit of a funk and what I'm encountering at work is not helping. But that's okay. I've been a bit mopey about the lack of time, lack of writing, lack of inspiration, about waiting for The Thing to happen so I don't have to worry about money/time/motivation.


I get it.

Work with what I've got.

Thanks, Mead. Thanks, Anne.


  1. Okay, I needed to read each and every one of those words today. My morning pages were full this of angst and questions - about time, money, my ability.

    Thanks for posting this!

  2. Glad it resonated with you, too. When I read it, I knew I needed to pass it on and to keep reading it for myself.

    You're welcome!