I am, as many of you know, chronically late, so let me be the last to wish you all a Happy New Year! The good news is that there’s still two weeks left in January to give up or set aside your new year resolutions!
“What?! JeanMarie, that’s not very encouraging! That’s why I read your blog!”
I understand. And thank you for reading. I do want to encourage you and support you in all of your writing and life endeavors, today. Today, let’s just work on the everlasting moment of now and let the year take care of itself.
Don’t be afraid to start something because you are worried about the result. Everyone has a different approach to their projects, but personally, my writing happens in the editing process. Not quite as rare as a coin landing on it’s edge, but more rare than a horoscope coming true, it is a wondrous thing to get a poem just right the first time the words hit the paper. The other 98% of the time, it takes work.
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build sand castles. ~Shannon Hale
Take a deep breath and (when you’re done with this blog) write something down. A paragraph, a page, or perhaps, just a sentence. Congratulations. You have started!
In other news:
Today, January 21, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Americans as well as people around the world, honor this man whose life and words continue to inspire us.
If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward forward. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
In addition to this important remembrance, today is also Squirrel Appreciation Day. You can read more about it here: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/squirrel-appreciation-day-january-21/
You swerve to avoid a squirrel. Unknown to you, the squirrel pledges a life debt to you. In your darkest hour, the squirrel arrives. ~Unknown
I like squirrels because they’re clever, agile, resourceful and cute. They make me happy. Find what makes you happy in life and have more of that.