Inspiring Words Wednesday

Alex_window 'It may also be that a woman's creative process is misunderstood or disrespected by those around her. It is up to her to inform them that when she has "that look" in her eyes, it does not mean she is a vacant lot waiting to be filled. It means she is balancing a big cardhouse of ideas on a single fingertip, and she is carefully connecting all the cards using tiny crystalline bones and a little spit, and if she can just get it all to the table without it falling down or flying apart, she can bring an image from the unseen world into being.'
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

29 responses
  1. Huong

    Love this quote and the image is so peaceful. Thanks for sharing both!

  2. Courtney

    Oh my goodness, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. emma

    Thank goodness someone has finally explained my “vacant look.” Was not familiar with this quote. Will now keep it in my back pocket for when someone accuses me of being “spaced out.” Awesome.

  4. Ren

    I feel like I am always: “balancing a big cardhouse of ideas on a single fingertip”. It could be fun, creative or simply I need to go get floor cleaner before I mop, must return library book on the way, lalalala you get it.

  5. margie

    i had forgotten that fabulous book. i read it at a time of great turmoil in the workplace and it was my saving grace.

  6. Brooke


  7. Jo

    Yes yes yes.

  8. charlane

    beautiful shot….so warm but yet, it makes me want to sit there and simply yearn

  9. Mel

    Genius, just emailed it to my husband… for when he wants to ask about the look again.

  10. Roxanne

    I have had this book for ages, and only just started reading it! This is great, thx for posting it! And, yes, the image exudes such serenity and clarity!
    Enjoy your day!

  11. beth

    oh my lord….this is fabulous !

  12. Susan

    thanks for reminding me of the book…

  13. Lili

    such a beautiful quote. especially the “balancing a big cardhouse of ideas on a single fingertip” part. I feel like that is me every morning until I get my journal out before I start my day.

  14. Emily Perry

    can i just tell you how much i love this? yes yes yes! i need to reread this book, it has ben a while!

  15. jodie


  16. Milena

    Thank you for inspiring me today :)

  17. gkgirl

    love this.

  18. Ann Marie

    wow, wonderful words.

  19. ROBIN

    I think it is time for me to read this book; I am ready!

  20. Kath

    I love this book.

  21. Kim Klassen


  22. Dani Kreeft

    beautiful. ha, nothing new to add in this comment reel besides the obvious.
    thanks for posting this!

  23. deb taylor

    Clarissa is one of my most favorites! Thank you for sharing! GO FORTH AND CREATE!

  24. alison

    i’ve been having trouble locating my inspiration lately, so thank you for this.

  25. ToLiveInspired

    Great quote.. I am copying this down for my massive collection of quotes now!

  26. Barb

    One of my favorite books of all time. What an excellent quotation. Thanks for posting it.

  27. Alex

    oh I love seeing my curtains here The room is so empty without you. :(

  28. Kelly

    I read that book a long, long time ago…I had forgotten how wonderful it is. Thanks for reminding me, I think it is time to revisit my copy!

  29. Kerri

    Oh I love Clarissa! So many wonderful ideas and truths in that book.

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