Thanks so much to Yvonne Perry for sharing her thoughts on self-publishing with us on the last post, and to all of you for participating in the conversation! We’ve had a great discussion on various self-publishing options and related upcoming events for writers and editors, so if you haven’t read the 32 comments attached to the past post, please do so if you’re interested.
We do indeed have many writers, authors and editors who read this blog. But we also have many lovers of life, so every now and then I like to ponder life and see what’s making us all tick.
This past week I posted something on Twitter that seemed to get a huge response! It was a “retweet” of a inspirational quote I got from the folks at the Inspirational Quote of the Day service. Each day they deliver an amazing quote to inspire my day and I consider it to be one of my best subscription services.
The quote that got all the attention was this one: “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” This is a quote by Win Borden, an American writer.
When it comes to writing, I am most inspired by the friendships in my life and the accomplishments of my fellow members at PWAC, TWUC , TMAC and Toastmasters who have been achieving great things. I think that’s part of the “reason to belong.” We inspire one another, support one another and mentor one another when our inspiration needs a little inspiring!
As we get older, we seem to need inspiring in many aspects of our lives. I find that my body is often less than inspired — when it comes to many things! But I have my friends at Curves to thank for inspiring me on the fitness front. They have taught me to eat healthier, to exercise whenever I can and not feel guilty if I can’t make it to the gym as often as I’d like. Life gets in the way. Curves is great for keeping things fresh and recently brought in Zumba to continue to challenge and inspire us. Love it! If you’ve never tried Zumba, you’re missing out on the time of your life! Shaking, shimmying, and cavorting to Latin music sure inspires me!
But really, I have to look no further than across the kitchen table for my daily dose of inspiration. My husband, Reg, has had the most challenging year of his life. Last February, he had bypass surgery. An infection ensued. In September, he had a severe case of cellulitis. This February, he had a serious fall that cracked his forehead open, the trauma from which triggered a bilateral case of gout (with which he’s still dealing.)
Despite the daily challenges, he has remained positive and for the most part, grateful for the good things in his life. He has been an inspiration to me to focus on the positive, be grateful for the good things and not dwell on what we cannot control.
Where do you turn for inspiration? Has there been a turning moment in your life that set you sailing? Please share your words of inspiration with us. I really cherish the discussions we have on this blog.