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By Nancy Polanski on April 10, 2017

Sometimes all we need is a word or two.

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ImageZanymuse
Apr 9, 2017 9:10 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
It is good to have our priorities in life. It is important to allow ourselves to dream, to create, to enjoy our work. But I would sure like a bit more gravy.
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Apr 10, 2017 8:46 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY


To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be
given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is
the gravy.

-- Bette Davis


Yeah, gravy is good. I love gravy. Of all kinds. What kind of gravy are we talking about?

ImageZanymuse
Apr 10, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
The green kind that you are rewarded with for doing a job. Especially when it is a job (meat and potatoes) that nourishes your creativity, sense of emotional security, and satisfaction in a job well done. The gravy pays the bills, but it is the meat and potatoes make it worthwhile...when it is the right job. When a person is working at a job that does not provide them with the meat and potatoes, they are struggling with a diet of gravy and no substance.
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Apr 10, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I knew you'd have a great way of describing it. Smiling
ImageZanymuse
Apr 10, 2017 10:35 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Now I want a big plate of meat and potatoes...smothered in gravy. Drooling
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Apr 11, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
OMG! Yes Drooling !
Imagepajonica
Apr 11, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Gravy is the fuel of creation! The meat and taters have a cost. It's hard indeed to create from nothing. Gravy buys the raw material of creation. such is life.
Fortune favors the brave.
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ImageZanymuse
Apr 11, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Every coin has two sides. For some their art/creativity is their meat and potatoes that proffers them a way to earn gravy while doing what they truly love. For others, the gravy is what allows them to express their creativity in areas that cost gravy instead of supplying it.
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Apr 12, 2017 7:56 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I'll say that the meat and potatoes of life is doing what you must do, your profession, whether you enjoy it or not. It's the necessities of life.... Gravy is doing or having whatever gives you joy. Hopefully they can be found on the same plate and eaten together.

Since I retired, my life has been pretty much all gravy.
ImageZanymuse
Apr 12, 2017 9:18 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Nancy, I think that is truer to than the original quote for most of us most of us. The original quote is from the view of a successful artist. For her, work was her joy and satisfaction. That she got paid to do it was a happy addition. I think most successful artists would agree with her. Struggling artists strive to reach that goal. I think most of us relate more to Jon's and your view which is the reverse.
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