All these fairy tale posts are well and good, but I admit to feeling neglected this week. I am, after all, the Muse of the studio (a role I perform to perfection, I think), yet for all the attention I've had here lately, you'd think I was just a dog.
Ah, but I must be patient. My People are artists, and artists are odd, absent-minded creatures, easily distracted. It is my job, as Muse, to take them in hand when they've strayed too far into imaginary realms...to bring them back to their physical senses, their animal bodies (why do People have so much trouble with this???), to the present moment and the everyday magic of the good smelly world around us.
So I push my cold nose into their hands and give them the stare that means: "Let's go for a walk." (My People cannot resist The Stare.)
"Okay, okay," they say at last, laughing, closing the computer, putting down the book or paintbrush, and we head for the woods. People, I've learned, must be walked at least twice a day if they're to stay happy, healthy, and creative. (Use The Stare if your People resist it.)
I leave you with these words by Lao Tzu, which sums up my life philosophy:
"In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
People know this. They just need to be reminded. And that's where we come in.