Patience, Presence, and the Life of an Artist

Interesting to me that this advice sounds so much like the Buddhist texts I read. The more I practice, the more I think it's true: Zen practice makes you better at everything.

Also, trees. I'm convinced they are the wisest beings among us.

"To be an artist means: not to calculate and count; [but] to grow and ripen like a tree which does not hurry the flow of its sap and stands at ease in the spring gales without fearing that no summer may follow. It will come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are simply there in their vast, quiet tranquility, as if eternity lay before them."

 

 --Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet, as quoted in The New Yorker

 

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