We had a fieldtrip today to Booker T. Washington's birthplace. Do you know about this amazing man? What an inspiration! How the tears were close to spilling as I learned again of his hardships and his motivation to acquire knowledge. I left feeling as if I could accomplish anything-that I would let nothing stop me from my heart's desire.
My favorite 2 quotes from Mr. Washington:
"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. "
"Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon. "
I have been in precious gathering mode. Today after the field trip and after all of our friends had left for home I sat for 20 minutes in the woods (Olivia so sweetly by my side) just listening to the creek, to the way the leaves rustle in the trees, watching the birds, feeling the breezes---Gathering images for this fictional story I posted about earlier of a girl called Able. Able walks with a cane so I found a stick and I used it as a cane. We walked for a mile and a half this way. We met not another soul on the trail. It was as if the woods were ours. A perfect afternoon. A gift gathered and treasured.
For weeks now, I have stumbled from the bed before the others, hunkering down in front of the computer, a blanket around my shoulders, willing my mind to conjure up images and dialogue. Placing these images and impressions into Word documents, crossing my fingers that a story is actually being told. I am focusing all of my creative energy on this piece of fiction, trying desparately to capture my Able and her Appalachian mountains on paper. Sometimes I head upstairs to the art room to try and paint her. (I haven't finished any of these yet but hopefully I will have something to share soon.) This project has consumed me like no other. Sometimes I think, "what a waste of time" and then I see Able in my mind and she seems so real and I know I need to do this.
The music that is inspiring me is anything by Gillian Welch, an amazing storyteller. See a video here.
Two more sites to share with you:
1. My friend, Susan Keene, has a blog now! She is a lovely talented artist I just know you will love to visit. :)
2. A site where you can sign up to get wonderful daily inspirational emails. This is mine from this morning:
"Do you ever wonder where all those glorious seconds, minutes, and hours go that recently poured through your fingers on an idle weekend or a cool evening, when suddenly you feel like you're racing the clock on some crazed, hurried weekday?
They're still there, lazing around. They just look different when you focus upon what you haven't done, instead of what you have done."
----- The Universe
----- The Universe