Anniversary Post: Let your light shine

I forgot my blog anniversary. It was last month. My first post was in February, 2007, meaning I’ve just started my seventh year of blogging:~) To celebrate, I’m putting up one of my older posts, written in 2008.

I met a woman at a conference years ago. We got to talking and she shyly told me she had written a book that had been recently published. I was impressed and told her so.

Instead of being proud of what she’d done, she downplayed it by making excuses for what she had accomplished. She didn’t seem to believe she deserved success.

I asked her about this.

She said it made her nervous and fearful to acknowledge that she was a success, especially since she had not sold any books yet.

Before we could talk more about this, the workshop moved on and I didn’t have a chance to talk with her again.

I wished I had.

I would have said to her, “Wait a minute! What’s wrong with feeling powerful and strong about what you did accomplish? You wrote a book and it was published!  What’s wrong with believing you deserve every piece of that success?”

Most of all, I wished I had asked her what made her afraid of success.

But I didn’t.

Today, as I was clearing out files on my computer, I came across a passage entitled, Our Deepest Fear, written by Marianne Williamson. I’ve had it for a long time, but read it again.  It reminded me of the woman at the workshop.

Since I have no way to contact her, I’m doing the next best thing.  I’m posting this passage on my blog and trusting that it will get to her if she still needs it.

If not, maybe someone like her will read it and fully celebrate who they are and what they’ve accomplished.

Maybe even you.

If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance.  If you’ve read it before, read it again.  It’s worth it!

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

As we let our own Light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Author ~ Marianne Williamson

The last verse of this poem says exactly how I feel about blogging.

The posts I visit inspire me to let “my light shine” and I hope my posts do the same for those who visit my site.

Creativity, in all its forms, is like a good meal; it’s best appreciated when shared. Blogging opens the door and welcomes us in to share our word and picture meals.

Bon Appétit, my friends:~)





I’m Back!!!

Thank you for your “thank yous!”

Thank you to all of you who left replies to the post, thanksgiving break. To those who shared their own “four-word thankful moments” – you make me sigh at beautiful thoughts, laugh at funny moments and marvel at creative friends.

I also appreciated the kind words of those of you who wished me well on my break. I am so lucky to have all of you in my life.

A new schedule

Now that my house projects are almost complete, I’m returning to blogging, but will only post ONE day a week – Thursday – throughout the summer. Yes, I’m moving BACK to Thursdays, which is a better day for me to post.

The Thursday schedule will include a mixture of Story Photo posts, Thoughtful Thursdays and creative writing posts. In addition, hopefully, I will spice things up with a few guest posts from some of you:~)

I welcome you to share a picture via the story photo series or your own creative writing/art!!! If you’re interested, please send me an email via my contact box at the top of my site.

Starting in September, I will return to my old posting schedule of a Monday and Thursday post.

Keeping up

The reason I’m going to one day is I want to have more time to visit and leave comments, while keeping up with my latest challenge – an online Fiction writing class. I’m enjoying this class, but it keeps me very busy:~) Through it, I’m learning the “bones” of fiction writing, such as plot, character, dialogue, etc.

BTW if anyone out there is interested in taking online writing classes, I would recommend the school I’m attending, Gotham Writers’ Workshop. My teacher, Season Harper-Fox, is very good. I definitely would recommend taking one of her classes.

I’m looking forward to visiting your sites and catching up. I hope your gardens are growing, your vacations are relaxing and ALL your projects are satisfying.

Blog Update

New Schedule

I am adjusting my blog schedule.

Starting this Friday, March 18, 2011, my new schedule of posting will be Tuesdays and Fridays.

On Tuesdays, I will be continuing my Story Photo series. This means next week, the Story Photo post will be on Tuesday, March 22. I will unveil on the details about the picture of the girl with the birds. Is she feeding them or giving them the needle, as some who left comments wondered? I will also have links to those who did the Special Challenge.

Writing Challenges

On Fridays, I will be doing some creative writing posts and some of my usual “Thinking Thursdays” posts, except they obviously will not be called “Thinking Thursday.” I haven’t come up with a good, safe “F” word to accompany the Friday series yet. I welcome any ideas you might have.

Moving my schedule allows me to take advantage of some of the wonderful online writing challenges. They are making me stretch my writing skills, especially The Red Dress Club, for which most posts are limited to no more than 600 words.

Those of you who know me might laugh at this challenge; I’m not known to be short on words. It’s usually DIFFICULT for me to write anything in less than 900 words, but that’s the challenge:~) Can I do it or not?

The Complaint Department

I hope you will adjust to this new schedule. If not, send your complaints to the Complaint Department.

Be warned, however, that this page is under permanent construction as the employees keep going on strike.

I brought in a consultant to assist with these employee complaints. He has some very interesting tactics which he shares in this video. Keep your tongue in your cheek as you watch it:~)

Hopefully, I will see you tomorrow.

Happy day to all:~)

Recipe for a blog post

Food for thought

It’s the day before my Thursday blog post. I am hungry and coming up empty!

I must head over to my blogger’s cupboard; the place where I keep all the bits and pieces of ideas I’ve collected over time.

Let’s see.… Well, here are a few spicy samples, but they have a beginning and no ending. There are some staples that might fill my belly, but they’ve been used a bit too often. Over there, hidden in the back, are the slightly used, but not very tasty jars of mixed metaphors and lost storylines.

So, my cupboard, while not totally bare, is as thin as watered-down soup.

Looking inside the cupboard again, I wonder what would happen if I combined a portion of the staples with a pinch of the slightly used jar of metaphors and a dash of the spicy samples.

Eat my words

Here I go, tossing them together with hope, like sailors back from the sea amidst a superfluity of nuns. I stir these together. Let’s see if I have created a lexicon of learning about new word recipes.

They sit together with an uncertain flavor; these words I’ve taken from my cupboard and cautiously melded into the plush and airy soufflé of possibility.

Let’s give it a taste; there’s no time to waste.

Yuck! These words do NOT dance well together. Perhaps I should try adding some sugar and salt. Then they might fit together like peas in a pod. Maybe I could toss in a few sweet metaphors filled with sugary promises. I need a dangling modifier…

Sadly, this post cannot be made into a gourmet meal for the hungry literate; it is more for the illiterate tastes of this desperate writer.

If only my blogger’s cupboard were not as bare as a baby’s bottom, I might fold this into a better tasting story.

It’s such a shame that I am so unprepared for fixing a post for all of you hungry people. You must settle for this written tripe:~).