A Day Of Gratitude

This Week’s Quote:
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton

As we move into the close of 2017, it’s a good time to look back and see the light of every life we’ve touched and see the joys of this past year.

Thank you for touching and enriching my life. I am grateful for each and every one of you. May you enjoy a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

With Thanks…

This Week’s Quote:
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton

As we move into the close of 2016, may you look back and see the light of every life you’ve touched and see the joys of this past year.

Thank you for touching my life. I am grateful for each and every one of you.

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Friday Favorites

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”  –John F. Kennedy

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Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“I decided that I would continue to write as long as I lived, even if I never sold one thing, because that was what I wanted out of my life.” – George Bernau (from the Art Of War For Writers, by James Scott Bell)

© Kipuxa | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos
© Kipuxa | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos

A Neuroscience Research Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You A Happier Person. From Business Insider. Hat tip to Lyn Worthen. Read more…

Pain, The Brain, Why Rejection Hurts and What You Can Do About it. From Fiction University. By Bonnie Randall. Read more…

Our Fractured Days. By Steven Pressfield. Read more…

Getting Over The Hump. From Writer Unboxed. By Kristan Hoffman. Read more…

Stepping Off The Plateau

A while back I posted about learning to love the plateau. You can read more about it here.

It’s hard to celebrate plateaus. Being on one feels a lot like trying to till a barren wasteland of sunbaked earth, only to find dry dirt clumps and dust under your feet. All that drudgery of labor and sweat bearing little or no fruit. I don’t even get the side benefit of losing any excess pounds while I’m at it.

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Somehow through consistency and persistent effort, putting one foot in front of the next, one word following another, progress is made. It’s difficult to see that progress while you’re on the plateau as the ground feels level and stagnant.

When you look back, however, you see that it wasn’t so level or stagnant after all. The grade was slight, but it was there, pointing upward to the next level.

And then something almost miraculous happens. It’s not quite like a switch was flipped. In fact, you may not even recognize that something has changed right away. What you may start to notice is you’re making progress. Your stride seems easier, with less effort. Longer sessions produce strong results and if you’re writing, greater word counts fill pages.

My favorite part is when I’m able to bust through passages that felt like a 100 feet of brick and mortar. I’m able to see my character’s growth, hear her voice and subsequently, find my own.

I know all of that advancement comes from being on the plateau, my daily struggle to find that scrap of progress. But I really love it when I finally come off the plateau and can enjoy the path to mastery once again. And let me tell you, the view is great!

It won’t be long before I reach another plateau. But until I do, I will cherish this moment and express gratitude for what I learned on the previous plateau that helped me reach this next level on my path to mastery.

Roll call: Are you on a plateau or have you made the leap up and are watching for the next one?