Sometimes we need a little push to start, a tap on the shoulder to give us direction, a tingle of inspiration to excite our imagination, or a reminder of purpose to sustain us on our journey.
Sometimes we need a nudge.
The Nudge: January 2016
Make the tale live in us
In all its many bearings,
Invocation of the Muse
Homer, trans. T. E. Lawrence*
What grabs you? The significance of a living tale, an entity entrusted to our care? Or the numerous possibilities in its relevance? Or perhaps it’s the mystery of inspiration itself! Are we the source of a story or a vehicle through which it may pass and be shared?
So much goodness in so few words. A plea to the heavens and a grounding in our genius. Not a bad place to start one’s work.
*Although more translations of The Odyssey are available than I can keep track of, I love Lawrence’s version of the invocation for its prayer-like beauty. You can find more of it here.