This is a wonderful excerpt from the book Blue Pastures by Mary Oliver. It is not about an artist’s discipline, that is an entirely different subject. Rather, it’s about making oneself available at all times to one’s ideas and creative powers.
“I am absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social obligations. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth. It does not extend to the lost button, or the beans in the pot. My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all.” -Mary Oliver, Blue Pastures