Sorry this is a little late, folks. Whew, life is busy. I've got many irons in the fire.
One of the great life lessons for me is the gift of today. I've run into some whirlwinds along life's road that have made me so aware of my mortality. These storms, more than anything else, have opened me up to change and have put me on roads to better places. As a writer, this sure awareness of what a precious gift each breath is has sharpened my storytelling skills. When the storm clouds part, the unimportant stuff is gone, and the stuff that remains, this is the sturdy stuff you can depend on.
Ultimately after the storms, I know what I want. This knowledge helps my stories find their way. I want to be happy, I want to be free, I want to make a difference. It simple, isn't it. I went digging around in my files the other day. I keep idea files with short written explorations that have come to me on my journey. I laughed at lack of focus the further back I went. I winced at stories that I had sent to editors. What was I thinking? Ah, ignorance, be banished be from me and let wisdom's light flood even my darkest corner. Yay for life lessons! Yay for the gift of today!
Days like this I wish I were a poet and could really spin out some words. Sigh.
Wrapping up, next time you are going through the wringer, I hope you remember something of this post and let the stuff that can be shaken be taken away by the wild winds of change, aftewards, write your heart out. Seize the day. It's a gift.
Last week I featured J2's doodle, this week I will feature J3. I'm calling this, "Thinking Man."
The song of the week is Brendan James and "Take the Fall." We are all ordinary with extraordinary reasons.
Today's quote for the day is an arrow piercing my soul. So true.
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.—Albert Camus