...an artist must be a warrior and, like all warriors, artists over time acquire modesty and humility.
...we are servants of the Mystery. We were put here on earth to act as agents of the Infinite, to bring into existence that which is not yet, but which will be, through us.
We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.
Someone once asked the Spartan king Leonidas to identify the supreme warrior virtue from which all others flowed. He replied: "Contempt for death."
If we were the last person on earth, would we still show up at the studio, the rehearsal hall, the laboratory?
If Arnold Schwarzenegger were the last man on earth, he'd still go the gym. Stevie Wonder would still pound the piano. The sustenance they get comes from the act itself, not from the impression it makes on others.
If you're all alone on the planet, a hierarchical orientation makes no sense. There's no one to impress. So, if you'd still pursue that activity, congratulations.
Of any activity you do, ask yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it?
The artist and the mother are vehicles, not originators. They don't create the new life, they only bear it. This is why birth is such a humbling experience.