I was with this person the other day who just didn’t like anything. I mean anything. Didn’t like getting up, going to bed, walking, riding, etc. They just thought life sucked. It’s sad when you meet people like that, but sometimes you just need to leave them alone before they pull you down in the mud with them.
Over the years I’ve learned to try to balance my thinking by going to the opposite thought. Looking around me I realized that life has a harmony about it. If there is a right, there has to be a left. If there is up, there is going to be down. Front, back; in, out. You get the picture.
So if I am feeling down about something, I need to balance it with an up thought. For example, I messed up something the other day and proclaimed to myself, “I’m an idiot.” At the moment, the statement had some merit, but it was only half the story. My balance statement was “I’m very cleaver.” Both statements are true, so why just dwell in the negative? There are probably a lot of things we have done wrong in our life, so isn’t it refreshing to know we have done so many good things too.
One of my thoughts during my journey was the desire to write a book. It took fifty years to finally balance “I can’t write a book,” with the thought “I can write a book.” It brought such harmony I wrote several. Check out my progress (Click Here).
As an author, I spend a lot of time reading other peoples work to get an idea of how they approach their art. It is amazing how some people create words and sentences that make little or no sense. For example: “Last October 30 people disappeared without anyone being notified, except possibly the last people who saw them disappear.” What??
The ones I really love are analogies. Good analogies act like mirrors to give us an additional perspective on a subject. (That was an analogy) Or perhaps we could say a good analogy brings life to a thought like spice brings new flavor to a meal. (hmmm, not sure I liked that one). Here are some I have found that really make me wonder:
- She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.
- The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
- McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.
- From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and “Jeopardy” comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
- Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
Like nose hair after a sneeze!!!!! Not a line from Hemingway for sure.
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I really enjoy the process of writing books. Over the years, as a therapist, I undertook the creation of various papers and non-fiction books about psychology and counseling, but fiction was something I never tried.
Then a few years ago I decided to open the locked doors of my mind and provide freedom for the characters that live there.
For those who write and create fiction, you know what a fascinating adventure this process provides. If you never tried it, give it a go and you will find a world of unexplored adventures awaits you.
On any given day, you may fall in love, have a fight, murder someone, rescue a person in distress, cause a national disaster, sail the Caribbean and a thousand other exploits limited only by your imagination. I would love to have others share their thoughts on this fantastic gift of creative expression.
Now if I can just find the same joy when it comes to marketing creative works, life will be even better. I think I will just write about a cooperative literary agent and a loving editor who have come to make my life simple. Ah, I do love fiction.
Saw a store the other day that proclaimed ALWAYS OPEN. Then right under it was a sign that said CLOSED.
I got a big kick out of that. It started me thinking about how we sometimes display things we really need to think about a second time.
For example, let’s be real proud Americans and tell people what language we speak here:
Or how about these:
There are really times when we need to take a second thought about what we are saying. Or maybe we just need a good laugh once in a while
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Every new year there is an abundance of thought about new beginnings. We go over the events of the last year and set goals for the new life before us. Someone once kept a log of his new years resolutions:
2009: I will not spend my money frivolously.
2010: I will pay off my bank loan promptly.
2011: I will pay off my bank loans promptly.
2012: I will begin making a strong effort to be out of debt by 2013.
2013: I will be totally out of debt by 2014.
2014: I will try to pay off the debt interest by 2015.
2015: I will try to be out of the country by 2016.
I guess we all like to think of new beginnings as a place of escaping from old problems. It is a fact that every new beginning means something has to end. Problem is, we often feel the past is so painful that the future is just too hard to visualize.
Maybe we need to be like the caterpillar. When he believes he has reached the end of life, the butterfly has just found a new beginning. Let’s resolve not to look back on what might have been and simply look forward to what will be.
Have a Happy and joy filled New Year. If you have time– check out my new book series
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Listening to conversations, I am fascinated with the development of our language. I hear a new word being used which is “texted”. In reality, text is a noun. Trying to make it a verb is an interesting experiment, but the reality is “I did text him” is correct whereas, “I texted him” isn’t. Nevertheless, “texted” seems to be growing in popularity even if it isn’t correct.
Another one that is different is the word “conversate”. There is no word “conversate” in the dictionary, but as much as I hear it being used, it will probably be there in a few years.The word “prioritize” didn’t exist until the political campaign of 1979, and now it is part of life. So I guess I need to prioritize my texted information so I can conversate properly. No wonder the British say we don’t speak English, we speak American.
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