If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Fools and Writing

What’s the connection? I babble on.

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.  Hunter S. Thompson

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.  William Shakespeare

I have recently received several blog awards. They are flattering and encouraging. Thank you. They are much appreciated. Unfortunately I am not able to respond to these nominations individually at this time. My writing life seems to be taking off in a zillion different directions.

That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Here are some thoughts from Natalie Goldberg’s new book The True Secret of Writing which I have referred to often and which seem to be setting me on fire.

I’ve noticed that no matter how much my outward life seems to improve–a new house, a new book contract–I still have the same amount of inner torture, the same twisted agonies. Noticing this has helped. I recognize those old friends and don’t believe them as much.

There are many ways to meditate. Whatever opens us, softens the heart, makes us alive to this human world and helps us to bear it is our path.

and a poem by Ikkyu

only one koan matters

you

Happy writing, y’all!

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