Genius, Responsibility, and Showing Up

Writers

Over the weekend, I got an email linking to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I’ve never read, but which, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of).  There’s a quote at the start of it that I really liked:

When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself. –Lewis B. Smedes, in ‘Forgive and Forget’

Susan and I have talked a lot about forgiveness, so I forwarded the interview to her before I even read it and starred the email in my inbox to read when I got back from the woods and back to internet and big screens.  So then yesterday morning, I see Susan made a post about it, talking about the myth of the tortured writer.  Which I read.  And then I went to read the interview.  And then I went to watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk about Your Elusive Creative Genius.