Usually I pop straight out of bed and into the action of the day. This is much to my husband's annoyance as he is the slow-to-rise-must-have-coffee sort of man. I read somewhere once, and i agree whole-heartedly, that the best way to start the day is to, before anything else, any other thought, before your feet even touch the floor, say a prayer of gratitude for the blessing of the new day. Just a simple "thank you for the gift of this day." And say this over and over until you really feel it running true and deep in the core of your being.
Usually this works and is all I need to get a smile and a bounce to my step but I started this day feeling a bit "off." What I needed was some encouragement, a little uplifting, so I turned to one my journals, kept especially for jotting down quotes. Turned out, it was just the thing I needed.(That and a cup of Earl Grey.)

Here are a few words that resonated with my heart's center and got me on the right track.

"Where there is great love there are always miracles."---Willa Cather

"I believe in the energy of art, and through the use of that energy, the artist's ability to transform his or her life, and by example, the lives of others." ---Audrey Flack

"Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a headache when we read the lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desparately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths."---Henry Miller

even more inspiration was found when i popped over to visit relyn's blog this morning. she has a way of finding the best links and well, i think she has a way of bringing out the very best in people.

and lastly, this great article on great novel writing from the WSJ.


Amy. said...

Super quotes. I am a quote fan too!!
I am the one who jumps out of bed as soon as the alarm rings, usually before 6:30 am each day. My husband hits the snooze again and again and...

connie d said...

Hi, Tricia--

Is this cute little girl you? I love her...that sly little smile on her face. How are you doing? I miss you!!

beth said...

I have missed you and have been away forever....trying to catch up now with you and yours....how are you ?

Gerushia's New World said...


Down a few entries, you mentioned that your're celebrating your second low tumor marker number. I am so happy for you. So amazing!!

Thanks for the uplifting quotes. I needed to read something positive.

Gerushia's New World

Susan said...

Such a cute picture. My hubby and I are both morning people. Knowing we are blessed and being grateful makes it a pleasure to greet each morning. Now it's time to go fix that cup of tea and enjoy this beautiful new day. Take care, Susan.

misty said...

i love coming here and reading your thoughts, seeing your dear photos, and beautiful art... so very often it feels like i am coming home when i visit you, we have so many things in common.
your post tonight is sad, so real, and yet so hopeful, why do relationships have to be so messy and complicated, i know these feelings... the feelings of protecting ourselves from getting hurt anymore, but then somewhere along the way the feelings soften and the anything bad you held on to about another kind of dissolves and there is that yearning to connect again... i really hope you do connect again with your roommate, even if just to say the things you wish to say...
thank you for all your sweetness you share here & with me. xooxox

Relyn said...

Oh, Tricia. Thank you. I was reading your words and marveling at your quotes. I was thinking, "Me too, me too." about getting up with a prayer of gratitude. And then I read about me. Thank you, dear heart. Thank you.