It’s Not Going To Work Out (or: Start and Continue)

“It’s hard being a human being. There’s a lot to it. There really is.

……let’s all agree to accept the

reality that we are not going to be able to do a very

good job, of this. There’s too much to do!

Isn’t it a relief to know, that it’s not going to work out?

And you can just forget about that to start with.

So you’re not gonna get it right right, you’re not gonna get it


The worst possible outcome of my saying these things

today would be for everybody to walk out of the room and think:

“Oh God, now i have to take up art!” “I gotta brush my teeth everyday, I gotta go to the cleaners my clothes are dirty I got my family, I got children, I got aging parents, I’M aging, I gotta go to doctor appointments, and now I gotta do art on top of all that! How am I gonna do that?”

Well don’t worry, just remember that there’s no hope.

You’re not going to be able to get it all done,

it’s not going to work out.

But the important thing, the important thing is, despite this,
and recognizing and embracing this reality,

don’t worry about finishing the job or doing it perfectly,

cause it’s not gonna happen.

But start.

You see? Start and Continue. This is the thing.

You can really trust that if you will start, and

if you will continue with commitment, that will be enough.

That will be enough.

– Norman Fischer (from talk on Creativity)


One comment on “It’s Not Going To Work Out (or: Start and Continue)

  1. Steph says:

    Perfect timing! I’m in the midst of throwing a birthday party for Aria and I’m trying to get everything done. Now I’m just gonna start by having a fun day and continue to be in good spirits even if things dont get done. Thank you! Your timing is always impeccable.

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