Monday, May 25, 2015

Motivational Monday


REST IS NOT IDLENESS, 
AND TO LIE SOMETIMES ON THE GRASS
UNDER THE TREES ON A SUMMER'S DAY,
LISTENING TO THE MURMUR OF WATER,
OR WATCHING THE CLOUDS 
FLOAT ACROSS THE BLUE SKY,
IS BY NO MEANS WASTE OF TIME.
(Sir John Lubbock)

Ahhh.... 

Permission to relax?

Granted!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Motivational Monday


I HAVE A B.A. IN ENGLISH.
OKAY.
LAUGH IT UP.
BUT WHEN THERE'S A
LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION DEPENDENT ON
WHO VS WHOM, YOU'LL SEE.
YOU'LL ALL SEE.
(Lauren DeStefano)

Cue evil hand rubbing and vengeful maniacal laughter....

Where was this comeback the many times I was asked in the past - "What in the world are you going to do with a degree in English?" My response - blushing, mumbling something that sounded like writing, and running from the room - wasn't nearly as clever as the above quote. 

Let's remember to be proud of our knowledge and of our interests, whether "practical" or otherwise. They're part of what makes us the amazing and unique individuals that we are.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motivational Monday


WE CANNOT ALL DO GREAT THINGS,
BUT WE CAN DO SMALL THINGS
WITH GREAT LOVE.
(Mother Teresa)

I tend to beat myself up for not being a nicer person, a kinder person. I'm not as patient or as nurturing as other people I know. I'm also pretty selfish more often than not.

But this quote makes me wonder if that's all okay, if I'm okay. Don't get me wrong - I'm not giving myself permission to walk around all mean or all "me me me." I'm not giving myself permission to stop trying to be the best me I can. No. It's just that there are always going to be people who are "better" than me at certain things, whose strengths are different than my own. When I try to do what they do, to be as good a human being as they are, my heart often fills with bitterness and resentment. And that's no good for anybody.  

Maybe, instead of berating myself for my failures, I'll focus on the "small things" I do well, on the "small things" I can do with an open and loving heart.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

IWSG: Break Time is Over


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I took a blogging break in April - no new posts, only visiting other blogs occasionally, etc. - with two priorities in mind: settle into a new house and get back to the novel that's had me stymied for longer than I care to admit.

How did it go? This photo of my office says it all - 




It was a month of upheaval - some predictable, some not - and I didn't get done even close to what I wanted to accomplish. Were my expectations too high or did I just not push myself hard enough? I don't know.

So, here we are in May. I still don't have much of a clue as to what's going on or what I'm doing, but I'm going to follow in the tortoises' footsteps - take it slow and steady, slow and steady, and I'll get to where I need to go, to where I need to be. Eventually. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Motivational Monday


THE SECRET OF CHANGE
IS TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ENERGY,
NOT ON FIGHTING THE OLD,
BUT ON BUILDING THE NEW.
(Socrates)

Oh, there's been a whole lot of "change" this past month! All of us here at TSR are doing our best not to drown in packing boxes, not to walk into the closet thinking its the bathroom, and not to freak out that the only time the bedroom ceiling fan makes a weird clacking is when we're in bed, lights out. (Please, oh please, don't let it be haunted....)

But we're also excited and hopeful that this new chapter in our lives will be full of joy and laughter, creativity and spontaneity, good health and well-being, and as always, gratitude. 

Have you all experienced any huge changes lately? Made any small adjustments to how you do things that yielded big results? Any idea where I can find the refills for my stapler? They've got to be around here somewhere . . . .  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time for a Break

April is a busy month for many of us, for many reasons. Here, in my little sunny, sandy part of the world, I've got lots going on, including moving house and finding my way back  to creativity and to the novel I've really missed working on.  

To that end, I'm taking a bit of a blogging break. I'll still visit you all now and then, but I probably won't be posting new stuff here again until the end of April, the start of May. 

We here at The Shellshank Redemption wish everyone a warm and wonderful April/Spring!

(And to everyone participating in The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge 2015 - good luck and have lots of fun!)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Motivational Monday


EVERYTHING YOU WANT
IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR.
(Jack Canfield)

I've got some "scary" things coming up, one of which is moving houses. Granted, we're just moving down the road so most things will stay the same in terms of local restaurants and activities, etc. 

But I'm still feeling this element of suspense, of excitement, of second (or third or fourth) chances to do something new, to do something different, to reinvent not only my space but  also how I live in it. 

I'm starting to imagine my fears - all of them! - as walls. Big, solid ones made of dusty red brick. Long, meandering ones made of stacked river rocks. Gray stone monstrosities covered with trailing vines and eye-blinding bursts of colorful flowers. But no matter what they look like, I still need to either climb over them, get around them or plow through them to get what I want, to live the life I want.  

Let's do our best to not let fear stop us from . . . well, anything.