I live just down the road from the MacDowell Colony, the nation’s leading artist colony with a rich history of nurturing some of the greatest talents of the past century. My brother’s been a colony fellow twice, long before my husband and I moved to NH.
I was watching a new short video about the colony and it ended with this line quoted from Marian MacDowell, wife of composer Edward MacDowell and the driving force behind the creation of the Colony in 1907:
“My purpose was to prevent the non-writing of a great poem.”
That’s just brilliant. And I thought, ah, that’s what great conflict resolution and negotiation is about. Preventing the non-success of a great business. Preventing the non-sustaining of a great interpersonal relationship. Preventing the non-peace of mind in a great human.