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Quotes to Write and Live By

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I don’t have a cool name for this yet (maybe you can help with that!), but I’m starting a monthly post of quotations from books around my house I find inspiring, whether for advice on writing or living.

To make it fun (this part might be just for me), I’m going to select the books and page numbers at random, then jot down a few of my favorites to share, hoping they have meaning for you.

Here we go…

“You are the keeper of your own struggle…And you are the keeper of your own impatience. Frustration. And grace too. Of the generosity of your own heart. You are the keeper of your gratitude and courage. Your bravery and intention. Exhale.” –Bella Grace, Vol. 1, Issue 1

“Close your eyes, sit back quietly, and visualize that you have solved your problem. Then work backward from the solution.” –David Kundtz, ‘Awakened Mind: One-Minute Wake Up Calls to a Bold and Mindful Life’

“Write about what you would write about if only you didn’t feel blocked…Write about what you will – at some future point – actually write about. (You can start with a list and expand it with descriptions at a later date.)…Write the smallest possible segment of a larger piece.” –Elaine Farris Hughes, ‘Writing from the Inner Self: Writing and Meditation Exercises That Free Your Creativity, Inspire Your Imagination and Help You Overcome Writer’s Block’

“Why should I be anxious? It is not up to me to think of myself. It is up to me to think of God. And it is up to God to think of me. (Simone Weil)” –Mark Yaconelli, ‘Wonder, Fear, And Longing: A Book of Prayers’

“Commit to social justice in a way that is sustainable for the long haul and also encompasses all facets of your life, from how you raise your kids to the way in which you show up for work.” –Sustainable You magazine, 2013

That’s what I’ve got for today. Would you please share a quote that resonates with you from your own collection?

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Author: thekineticpen

Freelance journalist working on a narrative nonfiction book about a woman who, after the freak death of her husband, decides to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to deal with her grief and finds a second chance at love.

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