Are You a Caterpillar or Butterfly?

Are you a caterpillar who wants to fly?

Some days in life things go slow like we’re treading water, and other days we get to a place where we think we’re there.

We’ve arrived!  Yay…we’re here!

And then we realize we’re just looking at the other side of the cocoon we’re trapped in, with one wing out and our feet stuck to the bottom.

We haven’t arrived yet, and we fight against the odds to prove ourselves ready.  There’s nothing wrong with getting out there.  We have to learn the territory and the flight pattern.  And sometimes, we have to tweak our plans.

Some of us grow faster than others.  Some of us have more to learn than others.  Some of us need confidence to fly.  Some of us need pushed out of the cocoon, and some of us need to get above the clouds to get a clear view of what lies ahead.

However, while we’re growing, are we enjoying the journey?  Do we realize that growth is a necessary part to our dreams? Are we learning from our mistakes?

If you’re wondering where this came from today, I have a couple of things to throw out there.

  1.  I was looking at part of this children’s poem I wrote a few years ago.
  2. My daughter was telling me about a conversation she had with a girl in one of her groups.

My daughter posted that it took her six years to make director in her company when others made director sooner.  A girl in her group sent her a message stating that she was getting discouraged, and wanted to know how my daughter got her mindset.

The determining factor:

She decided that no matter how long it took her to make director, she was going to get there.  With the many ups and downs of team members joining, and leaving, over these six years, she is committed to her dream.  And now she is in the next stage of her journey.

Commitment is necessary!

One day you will fly, is you stay committed and keep pursuing your dream!

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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Word Appeal- What Do Your Words Say?


Writing is about putting your thoughts on paper, arranged in a way to create word appeal for readers. Not only do writers long to create beauty, open minds and eyes, but they also want to say, “I care.  How can I help?”  What do your words say?

Like a jig saw puzzle, we work to find ways to inspire, and persuade with word appeal to help better inform, or create a joyous read for the reader.  There are many ways to go about this depending on your style and what you love to write about.

Review what you have written to find your style.  Practice writing phrases or words that move you, so that you can learn to move the reader.  Read daily. Write daily.  Don’t hesitate to cut words. Concise is best. (Subscribe on the left and grab 7 Tips to Writing Your Story.)

My brother has this awesome quote that I love, and the brilliance of it is that it came out of a casual conversation.

He didn’t think much of it because that’s how he thinks and talks, but to me it was monumental.  This one conversation completely changed how I viewed words.

It was fine with him for me to use this quote because he cares and shares.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”  -Zig Ziglar

Now the issue is to figure out how to group these words together not only to make them coherent, but to make them appealing and helpful to others. That is the process, taking each piece of the word puzzle, turning them, putting one or two back in the box, and finding the perfect spot to place the perfect word.

Sometimes, I review old blog posts, and passages in books and think, Maybe I could have said this better this way.  It’s part of the  process of  writing and tweaking to get your word appeal right.  And even if it’s not quite right the first time… write it, leave it sit and come back to it.  You can always improve it later. Sitting on your hands waiting for perfection is not likely to happen soon. Developing writing skills takes time.  Every day you grow a little more, you know a little more, and doing your best is the final outcome.  So, with every drip, drip of your word paintbrush… start your masterpiece.  One word upon another is just a couple of drops…but eventually, it might become a field of flowers.  Find an effective way to create word appeal to show you care.

And, always be you.

Sincerely, BG

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Frustration…How Do You Deal With It?

Life doesn’t always go as planned. It seems like I just heard this yesterday.  Oh yes, I did, in a video by an author friend.

I will have to go watch the video again.

There  are days, or weeks, when life throws something out of the ordinary at us, and we get frustrated.

Frustration, how do you deal with it?

Find a place, or a space to calm down, and look at the situation as it really is. Walk away.  Get  perspective.  Even laugh if you can.  Most often, in the scheme of things, this is only major for the moment, and not for a lifetime.  Find a place of peace, figure it out.  Maybe, make a post about your annoyance.  Write.  It is cathartic.  Get your feelings on papers.  It could turn into a story.

And then pretend that you didn’t tell someone you had something fixed, to find out the system went bonkers on you.  You can work it out.  You will laugh about it a week from now.  Maybe tomorrow isn’t your day to laugh, but soon you will laugh.

Work on fixing the problem and being honest about it.  This is my honestly part. No one is perfect, and sometimes it’s good to let others see how life is.

And so now…off to church.  It is well…  It is well…  With my soul.

Sincerely, BG

p.s.  Go find Kathy Henn and watch her video on Facebook Live.

 

 

   

 

 

Choose You This Day…

Choose You This Day…
is to appoint your day for something good. Every day, use your abilities and opportunities, to choose your day, or to choose how you react in a given situation. There are many who need you to make a great choice. With one stroke of a pen, a tap of a key, or a word from your mouth, you add cheer, comfort, or not, to another’s day.

This life is not all about us.  It’s about giving and helping each other.  How many people do you know who have succeeded on their own?

There’s always someone behind the scenes in any success story,  or successful relationship, lifting them up, giving them advice, or helping them to change directions.   Ultimately that direction is yours to choose, but it comes at the cost of others’ efforts of meshing with you to make an enjoyable contribution for you both.   It takes two to converse, and it takes you being a friend to make a friend.

This quote was a contributing factor to this post today.

“My friends, ‘No man is an island.’  Whatever you are facing, God has not abandoned you, and neither should you abandon each other.”

-Billy Green, “Kiss and Tell Your Story”

Then, this morning I read a blog post where the author was talking about how to deal with criticism in your blog post.  He did well on his reply.  Sometimes, a comment comes, and takes you off guard, but you have to learn not to react and be who you are in every situation.  (Tough to do at times.)

If you’re reading this, more than likely, you’re a writer.  So, for your plan of action today set some time aside to…write a note, make a post, send a card, sing a song, tell a joke, or draw a picture, for someone who needs some cheer in their lives.  When the tide is strong and the undertow is pulling you down, put a smile on your face and help another.  It is true what they say:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

-Wendy Mass, The Candymakers

Sincerely, BG

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Draw to Win and the Napkin Academy

There are times we come across things we love and we just have to share.  This post is about a book, an author, and site which the author, Dan Roam, hosts called the Napkin Academy.  I became acquainted with the author through a webinar last year, and was instantly fascinated with his ideas on using your visual mind for products and services.  Though, he focuses mainly on business,  these precepts translate into other areas of life as well.

One of Mr. Roam’s main concepts is using simple pictures for better communication.  His drawings enlighten the mind and he states that no matter your ability, you can learn to draw, and develop a better message through doing so.  (And let me tell you, my drawings are not wonderful, but Mr. Roam prompted me to continue and practice.)

During my time at the Napkin Academy, Mr. Roam brought in guest authors, artists, speakers, and other business professionals to draw integrating ideas together.  For me this process opened my mind to a realm I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.  It’s amazing what you can see when someone cleans your glasses, and opens your eyes to new possibilities.

Dan Roam has other books and strategies to lead you further than this.  He trains fortune 500 companies in strategy development and communications, and comes across as just a regular guy.  He has a knack for breaking the complex down into simple terms, and this is only one reason I recommend him. There are many more.

I will put a video of a sample of my work and…

urge you to chuckle with me, but while doing so, remember, this- Dan Roam is a wonderful author whom you should check out.  In my view if you want to succeed, you need to “Draw To Win.”

You will find Dan Roam at the Napkin Academy.

 

Sincerely, BG

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Bubble Love?

What a glorious day! The day we live in our bright shiny bubbles.   We love our bubbles.  They are safety and protection, and then suddenly they burst.  We weren’t expecting it, and we weren’t ready for it…but nonetheless, we have to deal with it.  Then we get hit with that one more thing that throws us completely off-balance.

If you’re wondering what brought this on… I won’t go into a lot of details, but my friend told me last night, (after she’s been hit with many other things) that her washer died.  I feel bad for her,  but, she is taking it all in stride.

I thought to myself,  I should send my hubby over to help her, and her hubby, fix it (though we live a thousand miles away).

I could just see it…he (my hubby) would be over there in a jiffy, and would take every single piece off of her washer until he figured out what was wrong with it.  And this picture (left), would be him in a second.  Nothing would stop him from getting the job done.  No height, angle, or anything, would stop him from his mission.  I have to say, I have a bit of admiration for his stick-to-it-ness.

Anyway, that is what a lot of us need these days…the will to stick to it… and complete what we start.

That’s how it is with our writing.  We think we’re going along just fine when our bubble pops.  We get a negative review, or a snide comment on our written piece, or whatever it is, and we do take it personally.  It’s our baby.  Don’t mess with “this mama” sort of thing.

But then, after we settle down for a bit, we look it over and see that maybe somebody might have a better idea or two.  Then, we dig in, take it apart, redo, rewrite, re-purpose, overhaul, and re-whatever else we have to do to make it better because as any mama knows…nothing is too good for our babies.

So, wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, stick with it today…and learn to dig into what you love.  Don’t give in, and don’t give up.  Make your baby shine.

Just a little lesson my hubby taught me… for those days when I want to say, “Go Away World!”  He helps me see things for how they are.  Bubbles are not forever.

Now let’s implement his lesson.  We’ll all get there.

Sincerely, BG

 

Be sure to check out Monna’s New Writing Prompts for today…

It may be just what you need!  A little writing fun.

Cliche Check

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
           -William Shakespeare 1564-1616


I want to tell you about my "stage" encounter today.  Our granddaughter got to play a part in her first grade play.  She was the witch in "Hansel and Gretel."  And though she's very shy in public normally, she did a great job!  She pulled it from deep with in, and "she rose to the occasion," and played a fine witch "if ever I'd seen one."  (Though I would have preferred she not play a witch.) 


So, what else prompts this post?  You guessed it: Cliches.  They are everywhere.  "All the World's a Stage!"  This one is a famous one, and it has quite the message to go with it (read above).  Why am I talking about cliches this week?  It has to do with Monna's  writing prompts that she posts each week from Writing.com


So this is your cliche check from "Be a Better Writer."


As a writer, our stage is the page.  This is where we shine (or try to). You are acting, enticing, and creating art on your page with your words.  That's if we do it well, and we all want to.  Our public performance is what we write on the page. 
 

When we write, we desire to say something inspirational, and compelling. It's good to find a fresh way to do that instead of using tired and overused phrases.  Sometimes, we use them because it feels "like old home week," and we're sure that everyone will understand.  It's always a good idea to write your way, your style, but in a fresh and "eye opening" way (sorry, it's addictive).
  

Experiment with your words, and your writing.  Leave it sit for a bit and then come back and edit, or put it out there and let the critics "have at it."  Sometimes, critique is a great way to get input to help you understand your mistakes.  Welcome some of it.  You don't have to accept it all.   Consider the critique, and then go from there.  Staying stuck isn't helpful for developing your skills.

It's almost curtain time.  Write from your heart, prepare your work and lead with a smile, and show the world your stage.  Enter with style, and then exit with grace. Here's to your encore.


About the writing prompts: This past week we had three prompts to choose from and I chose to write a 20 line poem using 5 cliches (it was more..."a little overkill perhaps").  Here is my entry on Cliches:
(I did change two words)

Clichés

 

Clichés are helpful

In their place-

When slow and steady

Wins the race.

 

When grass is greener,

Love is blind.

Don’t judge a cover,

Bide your time.

 

No guts, no glory,

No love lost.

Blood sweat and tears help

Count the cost.

 

Get off your high horse

Eat your words;

A party pooper’s

For the birds.

 

Cute as a button,

Hard as steel;

Don’t burn your bridges,

Keep it real.

 

All talk, no action,

Wakeup call.

Just keep it simple-

That is all.

 

Have a great week!

Sincerely, BG

You are more than welcome to join in.

Be sure to check out the other entries:

A Cat’s Life – Lawrence Bousquet

The Antique Carriage Ride

Furry Little Felines – Ryan Biddulph