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Monday, July 11, 2011

Words of Wisdom

A classmate from my CW 501 R course recently asked for our favorite quotes on writing to aide her in setting up a productive writing room.  Because there were only a couple that came to mind, and because they were from some of the author's that we heard from throughout our week long residency, such as:

"Writing is between yourself and the page; I wrote it to be able to read it (Christine Gelineau)."

"If you can't dance, get out of the revolution (Rashidah Ismaili Abu-Bakr)." 

"Don't run from a poet because he speaks the truth (Rashidah Ismaili Abu-Bakr),"

and, one that I can't remember which of our very proficient and talented mentors, J. Michael Lennon and Nancy McKinley, for the week said:

"It's good to remember who you used to be - keep all versions/revision; save each edition," 

I turned to the internet in search of the perfect quote to submit for her wall.  There were a few that I found from one of our pre-residency readings, On Writing, by Stephen King:

"Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s."

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will."

"Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him,"

and some others from the famed author:

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."

"I write to find out what I think,"

but the one that I would like to share here is actually a little more than a simple quote, an essay perhaps, by Bob Moorehead.  It inspires and motivates while it reminds us to remain grounded, reminds us of what things we have gained and lost and their value or lack thereof.  It reminds us to be human, to feed those hungers that we so often neglect such as empathy, understanding and compassion, and to express ourselves by giving time to emotion and sharing:

"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our
possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and
hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to
life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer
space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom,
but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but
accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but
broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything
from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the
showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can
bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share
this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks
up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave
your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the
only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most
of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might
not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to
share the precious thoughts in your mind."

AS, this might not be exactly what you were looking for, but I just felt the need to write it down!


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