[Quyen] Day 12: Meeting Organic Makers – Small Beginnings, Big Open Hearts

Jul 22, 2013

Organic 30 Day Challenge Gift Show

Patty and I had the opportunity this weekend to attend the California Gift Show, a bi-annual convention exhibiting all kinds of manufacturers and makers of jewelry, home goods, accessories – and organic products! We came across everything from organic and naturally made candles to pillows to shampoo and dresses. Not only were they organic, but they were unique.

More than just an alternative to their non-organic (and therefore less healthy) counterparts, they had handcrafted designs – and to me most importantly, an amazing story behind each of them. The candle maker had built off his father’s business. The pillow maker (with a story written inside each pillow, mind you) started out almost on a whim playing with design ideas that she had. And so on. The consistent theme that I noticed throughout all of them was that none of them knew anything about what they were getting into (or even getting themselves into) when they started. Yet, they were willing to just give it a try and just follow their inspiration. They weren’t necessarily business savvy either, and somehow they didn’t need to be. They simply allowed themselves to be expressed through the creativity that was flowing through them. Everything else somehow fell into place.

These makers’ stories remind me of a poem titled¬†Blessed Unrest by Martha Graham. As the 30 Day Challenge continues, I hope that we can continue to stay open to whatever inspiration may flow through.

Blessed Unrest

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.

It is not yours to determine how good it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep open and aware directly
to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.

No artist is ever pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.



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