“Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.” – Pythagoras
“A fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” – Ecclesiastes 5:3 KJV
Wisdom echoes wisdom. Choose your words wisely. Edit mercilessly. Clear out the word clutter. Follow the kiss (keep it simple, silly) principle in writing. Don’t be a fool.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” – H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia & winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” –Margaret Lee Runbeck
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” — Buddha
How many times have you heard someone say “Oh, I’ll be happy when I win a Pulitzer” or “Oh, I’ll be happy when I hit the New York Times bestseller list” or “I’ll be happy when I get an agent”?
Those are goals. Those aren’t markers of happiness.
If you can’t or don’t enjoy the process, achieving those goals won’t make you happy. You’ll get there (wherever there is for you) and feel hollow.
Love where are you are right now. [Trust me, this is hard. I’m trying to love that I have to strip my entire novel to the basic premise and start over again.] Be content in what you have and what you are doing now. Enjoy the moments that build toward your goals. Then when you get to that peak experience or that profound happiness, the taste of success will be much sweeter because you savored every moment to get there.
One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.
— Richard Nelson Bolles
Dream big. Dream bold. And always live out your dream.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are or are not. In a moment of doubt yesterday and even this morning, I questioned if I should do this writing thing. Criticism stung; harsh and well-intentioned words kicked me in my chest. My writing doesn’t fit the market, so should I give up. Then I remembered these two quotations:
“I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw
Which is echoed by Bruce Lee: “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
The race isn’t given to the swift or the one who fits in; the race is always given to those who work past the circumstances, plow through turbulence and keep their perspective straight.
This weekend, I am attending the Moonlight & Magnoliasconference, sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers. Lots of great information, insight and inspiration has been and is getting shared. I am soaking up all I can. Will post about this experience once I am in a place where I can reflect.
Here’s the thoughts for today–all inspired by what I heard at Moonlight & Magnolias:
“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”―Jonathan Winters
“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that matter.”―Lee Iacocca
“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”―Robert Heinlein
“I hate writing, I love having written.”― Dorothy Parker
Finally….“The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.”―Dolly Parton, the singer who inspired my love of big hair and spangles. She is five feet of loveliness, sugar, and spice.