Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blogspiration 18: Mind and Matter

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA& Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author's choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.

For my Tuesday Treat post, I thought I'd give you the Blogspiration that I didn't get around to putting up over the weekend.  I promise that the time I saved by doubling up will be dedicated to my writing, and not to something yucky like doing dishes or folding laundry.

This quote has always resonated with me.  I know I've read it everywhere, and I've heard it at about 50% of the graduation ceremonies I've attended.  Okay, this may be an exaggeration, but even if it is, it isn't by much.

That being said, this cultural pervasiveness does not take away from the quote's meaning and power.

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I try to keep this in mind for both my personal life and my writing life.  There are exceptions to this rule, of course.  After all, discussing hot button issues at family dinners can result in unsavory consequences.  I mean, when people are wielding dinner knives, a little verbal restraint isn't a bad thing.

Joking aside, I try to say and write what is true to me.  Those I love don't have to agree with or like everything I commit to paper, nor do I have to agree with every viewpoint expressed by them.  In the end, the valuable relationships are strengthened by respectful disagreement and dialogue.

Besides, who wants to write a story while constantly worrying about that potentially controversial thing you wrote?  That sounds utterly exhausting. Write what's true to you, and you'll reap the rewards of being genuine.


  1. Dr. Seuss was always so wise. I still love reading his books.

  2. L.G., I LOVE this.

    I don't care if it shows up in EVERY speech, ever. I wish more people really understood this for themselves.

    That it's completely and utterly OK to be YOU.
    Having said that, I wish the people who thought they understood it as being able to do and say whatever you want to other people and be racist, sexist, hateful people would understand the difference, and is so the opposite of the heart of the message.

    I LOVE THIS. And seriously, I so can't wait to see your name in my bookstore one day. Soon.

  3. The wisdom of Dr. Seuss never grows old. Like this one too: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
    Eleanor Roosevelt