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.