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Skydiving, Ryan Kelly, Steven Wright, and hugs.

Lately, it seems my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been chock full of inspirational sayings, and many of them do exactly that they’re supposed to. But I have questions. For example:

Mistakes are proof that you are trying. But Yoda said,  “Do or do not…there is no try.” And he’s the smartest Jedi master and puppet I know.  And Steven Wright said, “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”

Note to self:  cancel skydiving lesson.

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Maybe I could be a flying squirrel?  Image courtesy of oklahomaskydiving.com

 

Besides, isn’t doing something over and over again and expecting different results the definition of insanity?

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Image courtesy of wikipedia.org

Unless, you know, you’re a basketball player, trying to master the slam dunk.

 

 

 

Anyway, there’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line.

 

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Image courtesy of movieforums.com

 

But quitters never win, and winners never quit. Well, who decided that you should quit when you’re ahead, then?  “Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.” (Steven Wright) So does that make them quitters? Or winners?

Now, I know sometimes in life, you get handed lemons. Although, what’s so bad about lemons? I like lemons. Lemons get a bad rap. Ahem. Sorry. Let me get back to the point. It’s what you do with them that counts, right? No, don’t squirt them in your detractors’ eyes. Don’t worry about the people who talk about you behind your back. They’re behind you for a reason. Yeah, to talk about you! I mean, Bruce Lee had it right, when he said,“To hell with circumstances. I create opportunities.” 

Yes! And, if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. I was going to find a way, I swear it. But my GPS sent me down the path less traveled, and then I got a hole in my shoe… Speaking of roads, “There is no royal road to anything…” (Josiah Gilbert Holland)

Umm, have you seen this one, Josiah?

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Image courtesy of wfae.org

 

Goals are important, and working toward them even importanter. Like learning new vocabulary. Or proper grammar. In fact, if you wake up with determination, you’ll go to bed with satisfaction. Okay, now you’re getting personal, motivational quotes. Sometimes, there’s just no way. I mean, I can wake up determined to have Ryan Kelly of Celtic Thunder all to myself for the day, but I’m pretty sure he’d decline. Therefore, there’s no way I’ll be going to bed satis…umm…let’s shelve that one.

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Ryan Kelly. Enough said. Except, image courtesy of concerts.eventful.com

 

Besides, I’ve been single my whole life, and it seems to be working for me. I just have to put a ring on it, because I think I’m the one.

And it’s not so bad if you put off a little work. “The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up,” after all. (Steven Wright) 

But you should always stand up for your beliefs. Whether it’s the utter rightness of the Oxford comma, that “affect” and “effect” can both be either a noun or a verb, or that
Scooter is arguably the hardest working Muppet in the show, do the right thing and speak up. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak,” said Sir Winston Churchill. “Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Oh, like at Mass. I guess you have to be scared to kneel.

Hang on, let me lie down. I’m getting a headache.

You know, the real problem with this world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence. So, it’s possible that things will go your way, if you just work at it.

Could be true. Yes, it is. I’m sure of it.

On the other hand, you have different fingers. Wait, no. If everything is going your way, you’re in the wrong lane. (Wright, again.)

Besides, you can’t have everything. Where would you put it? (And again.)

Oy, my aching head. I think I need a hug.

I wonder if Ryan is available?

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If you’d like to get away from it all, I know some great books you can read. 🙂  Check out my books here.  Or take a look at my pages, and leave me a comment or a question. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Monday to you all!

Jeanie

(All quotes in this font color are from Google’s Images page for Motivational Quotes.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you let your 5-year-old choose where to turn: 5 lessons about life and writing

When my daughter was five, we began a tradition that continues to this day. She called them “The Martin Family Traveler Trips.” As a single mom who was blessed to have the same holidays and summer vacation as her daughter, we relished our times together.

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Katy, Age Five

 

Sometimes, though, we (or more accurately, I) would be struck by cabin fever and just need to get out. Money was tight, always, so big vacations were out of the question. But little day trips? Perfect.

We’d load up the Dodge Neon with snacks and drinks, and Katy would fill up the rest of the space with blankets, paper and pencil, and enough dolls babies to staff a world summit. Then I’d start driving.

Katy would choose the direction. Not only did this reinforce the concepts of “left” and “right,” but also taught her the value of observing her surroundings, patience, and looking for just the right moment. At first, her directions would come quickly, and we’d make endless loops just around our neighborhood. But as she grew, and learned to wait, we’d head farther and farther afield, and the rewards were great.

At some point during the trip, she’d give in to her sleepiness and nap for several hours. (A reward for me, at the time. A few hours of quiet is a luxury for any parent.)

We still do these trips when our schedules allow, only now we take turns driving and snoozing in the passenger seat. But sometimes I head out on my own, music blaring. Ryan Kelly’s Live for Life is the perfect song for a road trip, as are most of the songs on Byrne & Kelly’s albums.

When writer’s block hits me, or I’m struggling through some issue I may not even be able to name yet, driving with no particular destination in mind is therapeutic. The wide open roads allow for careful daydreaming, and introspection. curveThe unfamiliar scenery prompts new scenes, or better descriptors for a current scene. The scary, tight turns of the two-lane roads through the mountain passes gives me a different place to focus all my energy, which provides respite from whatever I’m working on. Especially when the road looks like this:

 

What I’ve learned from our Martin Family Traveler Trips:

  1. Fill up your tank before you go. Whether that’s a practical thing, like with fuel (you’ve never known fear until your gauge reads “empty”, and your car is at the top of a two-lane, pitch-black road, with ten miles before the next station). Or with snacks (isn’t life much better with snacks?) Or with the gift of the Spirit that provides refreshments of a whole ‘nother sort.
  2. It’s the journey, not the destination.  I know–a trite saying. But it’s true. The only caveat is that if you’ve got a five-year-old on the journey with you, make sure to hit the bathrooms as often as possible. (And for the love of God, don’t forget Baby Jennifer (Katy’s favorite doll) in that restroom.)
  3. Don’t force it. Our trips were a fairly equal measure of talkative five year old, road trip games, and quiet moments. Granted, most of the quiet moments were when Katy was sleeping, but still.
  4. Enjoy each other. Katy gets her sense of humor from me, but her vocabulary is entirely her own. Some of my favorite moments from the trips we took are when she’d play school with her babies, and listening to her teach the dolls their lessons. She’d tell them, “I’m going to show you the next letter, and you’ll learn it by my own gracious will.”  She cracked me up–still does.
  5. The best moments in life aren’t planned. Discovering a fun little store, or an awe-inspiring vista, or having the gift of your child making up a song from her journey–all gems from allowing my child to choose our path.

There are so many things in life that you must choose for your child, at least at the beginning. Giving her or him this one freedom, and responsibility, is incredibly rewarding.

I’d love to hear about any trips you’ve taken, and any lessons you’ve learned. Please feel free to comment below.

Great. Writing this post has gotten that song of hers stuck in my head. Thanks, Katy. Well, to share the love, I’m going to post it below.

Flexibilly ruler, flexibilly ruler,

Riding around in a limousine.

No trespassing, ke-ep out,

Pri-i-vate property.

Yep. Love that kid. And you’re welcome.