Use It Or Lose It
During the last sessions of The Chekhov Training, we worked with some beautiful short prose pieces from The Madman by the great Lebanese poet Kahlill Gibran.
Researching Gibran, I happened upon a story about his nephew (and namesake), Kahlil Gibran, a Boston-based sculptor. Gibran, the nephew, died in 2008. In his obituary, he's quoted as having said this:
"I believe talent is a grace. You don't deny it, you don't affirm it. But if you don't work at it, you can lose it. The only sin is in squandering talent."
I don't know if squandering your talent can rightly be called the original sin. But it puts me in mind of a damn fine eleventh commandment: Thou shalt not squander thy talent. (And if you break it, you better believe you'll regret it.)
What else can I say that wouldn't risk diminishing the power of Gibran's simple sentences?
Maybe just this: Copy those remarkable sentences down somewhere and have a look at it every now and again. (Once a day wouldn't be a terrible waste of your time.)
And mark it: #11.