Living the story

The source of all art is the human psyche’s primal need for the resolution of stress and discord through beauty and harmony. … Life on its own, without art to shape it, leaves you in confusion and chaos, but well-told stories have the power to harmonise what you know with what you feel.*
Robert McKee

When passion of feeling and technical brilliance come together the beauty can be devastating and transfiguring.**
John O’Donohue

The story is how we make all of that
passion and competence
breathe and live and dance each day;
Whilst comprised of thoughts and feelings,
It only finds full expression in our actions,
The making of the beautiful we are
each capable of for one another.
More than this,
The story keeps us moving through all the struggles:
The myth and its accompanying rituals
were a reminder that often things had to get worse
before they could get better,
and that survive and creativity
required a dedicated struggle.^

*Robert McKee‘s newsletter: What Makes a Story a Work of Art?;
**John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
^Karen Armstrong’s A Short History of Myth.

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