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Daily Inspiration: Anne Lamott’s Sand Castles

"You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be."

In Anne Lamott’s book “Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” she talks about the importance of making things slowly, carefully (thing after thing), and to take time out to reflect on your process. In today’s Daily Inspiration quote she suggests that creativity imbues a belief that we can build things founded in hope. While these are beautiful words, I don’t agree there’s an obvious distinction between “creative people” and “ordinary people,” as I think we are all creative (and all sometimes ordinary).

What do you think? Do you agree with Lamott?

"Wave" by melaniewoon