I’m re-reading “Let ‘Em Take Their Best Shot.”, which is a chapter in Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work. It’s all about taking risks and building up skin thick enough to weather criticism. Because we all know building a creative life will engender criticism…and not all of it will be constructive.

All of which reminded me of an encounter I had today. It revolved around creating something from scratch and learning to be fearless in doing so.

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Imagine yourself

                 of the ages

                  of the Universe

lady of all you survey

a walk is no longer common
your stride is as regal does

a turn of hand brings fortunes
placed at your feet

your voice knits all into being


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