By Cheryl Owen Wilson
Please read each word listed below individually. Close your eyes and see the vision each word brings forth. Is it not amazing how one word can paint a vivid picture in your mind?
We writers use words daily to paint pictures in reader’s minds. We also use them to inject the remainder of the senses: sound, taste, smell, touch. But what are the other uses for the tiny insect looking expressions of language which magically flow from our brains, through our fingers, and on to a page, or computer screen?
Words, the right sequence of words, when read at the right time as evidenced above in the few I’ve listed, can fill us with hope or bring us down to the dark depths of despair. The world in which we live at various times in history has plunged entire populations over the cliff of despondency. Thus, I am using my blog today to give examples of how I’ve chosen to use words, in my own humble way, to help alleviate some of said gloom.
At any turn in our lives each and every one of us are in need of inspiration, positive reinforcement. In every aspect, be it personal, work related or in the midst of an artistic block when our muse is silent, a few simple words can help to move us forward. Give us that much needed shove to get over the hump, see the sunshine through the fog, or simply get out of bed. For myself one of the ways I gather encouragement is through positive/inspirational quotes.
My first venture in to this realm began years ago with a deck of affirmation cards called Positive Vibes. I pick two to four at random monthly and place them on the mirror where my morning rituals begin. It is surprising, and then again perhaps not, how on the mornings when I would prefer to climb back in bed and pull the covers over avoiding life one of those cards tells me exactly what I need to hear. I then carry it like a mantra throughout my day.
In my work life (as a business manager) I tuck one of the many inspirational note cards I’ve collected in each employees monthly paycheck. I am always seeking new, fresh cards. These cards are small tokens of knowledge discussing topics from Joy, to Dreams, to Being Thankful, to Being Successful. I started this practice over ten years ago. Only once did I run out of the note cards. Unfortunately I had no time to replenish them, so no words of wisdom fell from my co-workers envelopes when opened. I received many more comments of disappointment around not receiving those small tokens than I’d ever received over a missed hour or two of time worked, but not reflected in their pay. Now, I make certain I always have a surplus.
In another area of day to day life called social media, we encounter many negative comments. However, I’ve also found a plethora of not only inspirational stories, but also those positive quotes I seek out daily. In turn, I personally attempt to post at least one inspirational quote a week. I also pull some of these quotes off the internet, print them, and hang them in my art studio. They are hung like precious clothes on a line, and interchanged often.
In the vein of all of the above I have collected some positive quotes on this solitary art form we’ve chosen called writing. I hope you find them helpful. I hope you print some of them, cut them out and place them where they will be seen when most needed.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?