A lucky accident today led me to a documentary about English writer Alan Moore. I’d been trying to find an airing of a movie called “Mindscape” when “The Mindscape of Alan Moore” popped up in my search. Intrigued, I began to watch. His 1980’s contributions to the British comic “2000 AD” amazed me well before Hollywood got its claws into his art.
As much as his story drew me in I suddenly stopped, compelled to share a quote. I love this:
“Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer was a tremendous risk. It was a fool’s leap; a shot in the dark. But anything of any value in our lives – whether that be a career, a work of art, a relationship – will always start with such a leap. And in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding.”
This reiterates my personal beliefs and aligns well with Julia Cameron’s teachings. Of course we can’t all achieve world renown, but I would choose a modest existence and creative contentment over Wall Street riches any day.
Alan Moore goes on to say, “You have to do these things completely purely – without fear, without desire – because things that we do without lust of result are the purest actions that we shall ever take.”
I shall take these words to heart. I hope you will, as well.