Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivational Monday


PROMISE ME
YOU WILL NOT SPEND SO MUCH TIME
TREADING WATER AND TRYING TO
KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE THE WAVES
THAT YOU FORGET, TRULY FORGET,
HOW MUCH YOU HAVE ALWAYS
LOVED TO SWIM.
(Tyler Knott Gregson)

I forgot. 

I forgot how much I love to write, to imagine, to dream, to play. 

I got so caught up in all the stuff that goes along with living a creative life that I forgot to actually create. 

I got so caught up in all the stuff that goes along with living a life, that I forgot to actually live.  

This summer, I started to remember. 

This fall, I start to swim. Again.

If you've forgotten, too, it's not too late. It's never too late. 

Join me.  

28 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's easy to slip into that rut and forget...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It never used to be. Sigh.

Dana said...

I've been there, too. I'm glad you remembered and will be starting to swim again.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you, Dana. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man--it really CAN get easy to forget, eh? I try to schedule myself, though I DO tend to skip the treading water part more than I should. I'm off doing tricks in the water and tend to forget somebody needs to keep tabs on that other stuff. Still, I always set up the reward... if I finish XYZ of HAVE TO, then I get to WRITE...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Setting up the reward is a good idea!

Von Rupert said...

I'm glad you remembered. And I've been there myself. Thanks for the quote--it blew me away. Will be sharing it with my students. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It really is a great quote, isn't it? I hope your students enjoy it.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Your Monday posts are always so uplifting!! Good for you for remembering :-)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks so much! I really do try to motivate everyone, including myself. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've been really overwhelmed with promotion and business stuff of writing and haven't had the time to just write. And it is the only part I really like.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

So come with me, Susan. Let's start swimming again.... :)

Liza said...

A good and important reminder!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Definitely!

Kristin Smith said...

Love it! Beautifully said, and so true. We shouldn't focus so much on all that extra "stuff", but just swim and love it. Or write and love it. Great reminder, Madeline! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Kristin! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

You motivational Monday posts are very good for me, Madeline, so I'm betting you boost a lot of other readers, too. I'm shedding extra "stuff" as much as possible and making room for the gusto.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

So glad to hear that, Patricia - thank you! And I love the idea/phrase "making room for the gusto." :)

Michelle Wallace said...

At the moment, I'm trying to work out whether I'm swimming, sinking or merely floating... I'll get there...

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. I think I will. =) I've been cutting back, trying to simplify so I can enjoy the smaller things, and it's been a while since I wrote just for pleasure. I should totally do that.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You'll get there - no worries!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Welcome.... :)

And you totally should.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you for the invite! I was so caught up in one of my projects that I didn't allow myself any "fun" writing time so I stopped on Sunday and just wrote fun, short, creative stuff. It really helps to just swim. I was able to get back into my "big" project renewed and full of energy. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent, Tyrean! Good for you!

Julie Flanders said...

I want to be swimming with you this fall. I don't know how you manage to find so many fantastic quotes but I'm so glad you do. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hope you do join me, Julie!

I find quotes in lots of different places. One of the tricks for me is finding ones that "speak" to me at the moment, where I feel I have something to add to write up a hopefully encouraging post. :)

noelle44 said...

A great post. For me it had extra meaning since I swim every day to keep my joints mobile. I swan competitively when I was young, and I find in addition to the health aspect, it frees my mind and lets me work on writing hitches and ideas. Problem is I have to make sure I have time for both swimming AND writing!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I let my mind go when I swim, too. Of course, I'm more lolling around in the water than swimming but still.... :)