These are the words of iconic dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, offered in Agnes de Mille’s biography, Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham. We recently came across these in reference to the often doubting voice that arises within us time and time again and wanted to share them with you. So if you’re considering sharing something, an idea, a thought, who knows, with the world, but are doubting yourself, then this is for you.
There is vitality, a life force, energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. . . .”