The question of the day is: Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
The answer to this is a resounding “Yes.” If you have read enough of my work, you will recognize a quote I have used in the past. It is from the old 1990’s series, Northern Exposure. In the third season episode, “Burning Down the House,” the character Chris Stevens, a conceptual artist, plans to fling a live cow with a catapult, but his plans are initially crushed when he learns that Monty Python had already flung a live cow. The artist inside him is not deterred, though. He decides to fling a piano instead. At the town gathering to watch the piano get flung, Chris makes a statement that has stuck with me for many years: “There is one thing I’ve learned, folks, and this is absolutely key: it’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself.”
There is nothing new or profound in this statement. It is a variation of the adage “it’s all about the journey, not the destination.” Cliched as it is, it is true — at least for me. I am not going to be a famous, well-paid writer. Yet I write. I am not going to have my art hanging in a museum. Yet I make art. I am going to keep on flinging, and like Chris says, not let the vision of being “successful” get in front of doing the work.
I really urge you to watch this scene played out. I think it may inspire you too: