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Posted on: June 13, 2011

Right. Two more writing prompts to respond to…

(No excuses other than caught up in work and hosting two groups of people for dinner this weekend… boy, were they tasty! 😀 😀 I think as the prompts get more challenging for me, I try to avoid writing… well, DUH!)

On a more crazy note: Saturday was our car’s 35th birthday. We sang to it. Yes, we’re those people who don’t care what others think.

(sunday 12 june) I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think of a time when you didn’t think you were capable of doing something, but then surprised yourself. How will you surprise yourself this week? (Author: Ashley Ambirge)

Hm. I’ve already overcome a big work-related hurdle and knew I could do that. Maybe a perceptibly smaller hurdle–which is huge in my mind–would be to just let go of feeling self-conscious during band rehearsal, because I’ll probably play much better solos. It seems small, but it’s huge, in my mind.

Onward… (and do read Ash’s site, The Middle Finger Project!)

(monday 13 june) When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world buzzes about goals and visions. Focus. Create a vivid picture of exactly where you want to go. Dream big, then don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The problem, as Daniel Gilbert wrote in Stumbling Upon Happiness, is that we’re horrible at forecasting how we’ll really feel 10 or 20 years from now – once we’ve gotten what we dreamed of. Often, we get there only to say, “That’s not what I thought it would be,” and ask, “What now?” Ambition is good. Blind ambition is not. It blocks out not only distraction, but the many opportunities that might take you off course but that may also lead you in a new direction. Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?” They’re always there, but you’ve got to choose to see them. (Author: Jonathan Fields)

(dude… Jonathan, you’re as wordy as I am!) You know, I really don’t know how to answer this right now, but I think the serendipitous side paths can be good. Often they lead us astray, but I try to deliberately lose focus now and then to get an “outside opinion”.

This happens a lot when I’m writing music: I’ll have a concept for song lyrics, and then I’ll start writing rhyming verse. I get carried away, and before I know it–two choruses later, the initial point is lost. I get frustrated, and I walk away.

I really ought to take a step back sometime, and see if my life resembles my songwriting…. (I don’t think so, but I don’t have an objective view)

Back to Getting Fit tomorrow! (and a writing prompt too)

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