People often ask what motivates a person to write. That motivation has to come from within. Something compels you to express yourself in words and imagery.
I keep myself surrounded by positive affirmations -- quotes and sayings and reminders that life me, spur me, prompt me and console me. For this week's Writing Prompt Friday, here are two quotes. Read them. Print them out. Record them in your journal. Carry them in your wallet or purse.
And for the writing prompt, pull out that journal and record your reaction to each.
“Many of life's failures
are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave
~ Thomas Edison ~
something is hard doesn't mean
it's not God's will for you.
something is hard doesn't mean you can't do it."
It's Friday again. Yes, already! That means it's time for another writing prompt. Last week, I promised two weeks of journaling prompts. And here is the second. This set of two quotes is also about writing.
Read the quotes. Reflect on them for a moment. And then either put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard.
Ready? Here you go --
"If you want to write believable fiction, you will have to
cross over the line of your self-restraint and revel in the words and ideas
that you would never express in your everyday life."
~ Walter Mosley ~
should be more willing to forgive yourself. It doesn't make any difference if
you are good or bad today. The assessment of the product is something that
happens after you've done it."
What's the nature of serenity? Are you able to experience sereneness in the middle of chaos? If you think you can't, take a look at this photograph.
Path at Abernathy Garden in Newport News, Va.
It's a serene path adjacent to water of Lake Maury at historic Causey's Mill. It is calming, the perfect place for a mid-day walk in the woods.
But these aren't the woods. The path is actually in the middle of a busy city street and right next to a large hospital.
The Abernathy Garden at Riverside Regional Medical Center includes native flora, pathways, reflecting benches and a labyrinth. Among the plants there are azaleas, dogwood, viburnums and plenty of wildflowers.
If you look closely in the photo, just to the right of center above the path, you'll actually see some of the traffic whizzing by on the very busy Warwick Boulevard. But in the shelter of the trees there is peace, nature and a chance to find serenity in the midst of chaos.
Quilters express the world around us in color, fabric and stitches. The riches of the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival weren't hidden. They were all on beautiful display. The show ran Feb. 27-March 2, 2014, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va.
Here are a few of my favorites from the show (and yes, I need to take better pictures with the mobile!):