The sacrifice is that doing The Thing requires not doing everything else we might like to do, at least when we’re actually making The Thing. The risk is that The Thing just might not work – in Buber’s words, it will break, or it will break us.*
It is about waking up to a knowledge that is deep in the very fabric of our being, and it is about living in relation to this wisdom.**
Austin Kleon contemplates the sacrifice and risk involved when Martin Buber’s “eternal origin of art” comes knocking.
This is not “art-art,” rather the art we all have the capacity of creativity for: the thing that, when we come upon it, we must do.
Kleon considers the sacrifice to be greater a demand than the risk
The risk, surprisingly, seems much easier to me. Something will break us, eventually, so why not The Thing? And if The Thing breaks, well, it didn’t even exist before we tried to bring it forth, now, did it?*
To sacrifice, though, is to give up all the other things we may have otherwise pondered or dwelt upon for the sake of pursuing the thing.
His words find me at a time when I have been wondering about what I haven’t done because of the thing I have decided to do.
There is a moment of anguish, then recovering, I find myself so full of gladness because of this thing I do.
The test of this is that it makes a difference for others. My forlornness would extend much further if this were not so.
That we may awaken,
To llive to the full
The dream of the earth
Who chose us to emerge
And incarnate its hidden night
In mind, spirit and light.^