Thursday, December 20, 2007

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I'm a quote junkie. Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time has probably figured that out. Quotes are sprinkled throughout my novels. I keep a journal filled with my favourite ones. How I admire those thoughtful people who can capture the essence of a wise idea in a pithy line or two.
A couple favourite quotes have helped me find direction in recent days.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain. (author unknown.)

My mother is dealing with difficult health issues right now and making decisions on how best to care for her has consumed all my waking hours for much of the past few months. I keep telling myself that I'll resume the rest of my life once this 'storm' has passed but it's now dawning on me that this situation isn't going to blow over like a storm does. It's here to stay, in one form or another. It's time for me to learn to dance in the rain, to care for my mother and continue with my own projects. Now that I have given myself permission to do that, I'm back to mulling over an idea I have for my next book. So far I have imagined the characters. I have imagined the problem they are facing, their 'internal conflict'. I even know (sort of) what the outcome of the story will be. What I have yet to decide is whose voice will tell the story and what external conflicts there will be, those events that run parallel to the internal struggles.

Here's a quote that describes this exact place that I'm at with this project.

"No one but an artist knows the peculiar delight of being summoned by a work which, as yet unborn, lies with all its potential undisclosed within the dormant darkness of the creating heart. (Mr. Golightly's Holiday)
I have yet to type one word of this book, but I am definitely being 'summoned' by it. It's an exciting place to be at. The hard work has yet to come.

And one last quote, which I think explains why so many of us forward on inspirational pieces via email, or, like me, forward our favourite quotes.

"If you find something good share it with anyone you can find. In that way the goodness will spread, no telling how far it will go." (Forest Carter, The Education of the Little Tree)

Namaste
Shelley

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giggles said...

So sorry to hear of your mothers health issues. Prayers for both of you as you cope with the difficulties. Great decision you've made to forge on with life in the midst of daily hurdles.

I too love quotes, and have a running feed of quotes on my blog. One for art the other about life. I speak in metaphor, quotes and cliche way too much. I find it a condensed way to exude wisdom!

Sounds like your new book is on the horizon beckoning you to fly with it! I'm sure it will possess much wisdom! Good Luck.

Happy New Year to you and yours!


Hugs Sherrie

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Shelley, I also am so sad to learn more of your mom's struggles and the resulting stress for you and your family.

I am missing you very much and hope to soon enjoy more of your exceptional writing in the new year.

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Hi Shelly,
It has been awhile since this post. I wonder how you and your mom are doing and what "rain dances" you have done to get you through the storm. I lost my mom last year to vascular dementia. She was 86 and had lived a full life. She loved to dance and did until she couldn't remember the steps, although she still had a sense of rhythm until the end. I chose to dance through her last months with her by keeping a positive attitude and talking to her like she was the same mom I had grown up with; Talking about family stories, and singing to her. My nieces even painted her fingernails in the hospital while she was fading away, and kidder her about doing her toes, which seem to make her uncomfortable, prompting a laugh. We chose to make our last days with her a dance rather than a storm of sadness. It made the whole experience so much better. My prayers for your mom, you and your family and may you dance in all your rainstorms!
Barbara in Alabama

Shelley Hrdlitschka said...

Hey Barbara in Alabama ~
What a treat to receive such a lovely letter from a stranger. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. My Mom is doing somewhat better right now so we are dancing 'happy' dances again.

It was especially interesting hearing from you as my daughter flew to Mobile Alabama this past weekend. She leaves from there to dance on cruise ships. I know very little about your state. I wonder how you found my blog.
Shelley

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