Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Paris, France for three weeks in September and also to Frankfurt, Germany for a week in October on a solo vacation. As I was exploring these areas and walking, I noticed many serious expressions plastered upon faces of the masses, as if nothing could change that. Then a stranger, a foreigner gives a smile and miraculously the look upon their faces changes into a reflection of the giver—-a smile!
I realized that a smile is an universal language that can communicate and can easily spread from one to another—brightening one’s day. No matter which of the three regions of Paris I traveled: heart of Paris, Clichy, and Saint Maur Des Fosse’s I found a smile changed a serious expression into a reciprocal exchange.
Next time you find yourself rapidly focusing on your next stop in your day—look up and smile to the person you see. Who knows what impact you might have on that person’s day. Take a moment and SMILE!
On May 16th which also happens to be my birthday, my suspense thriller mystery e-book Emma Beware will be listed on: Goodkindles
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Michelle Iden, Author
Recently I received a Snap-chat of my two year old grand-daughter Lillian. She proudly sat at a table feeding Play-Doh into a tool she squeezed hard with her two little hands. While doing this, she exclaimed, “This is really hard,” she took a deep breath, slightly sighed and continued, “but I can do it!”
After the squiggly strings of the clay-like substance landed on the table’s surface she gave the biggest smile, grinned from ear to ear, and proclaimed, “I made orange spaghetti.”
As I later reflected on this image of an enlightened little girl, happy, positive and filled with pride, a lesson we as adults need to be reminded of—-I realized self-doubt can hold us hostage and keep us from moving forward in completion of a difficult task. Within the last few weeks, I’ve noticed some comments in on-line groups I belong to, primarily writing groups of self defeat creeping in like a stranger in the night. Conveyed for example as “I’m not a good writer. I can’t do this. This is too hard.” Partly these type of comments might have to do with negative reviews, naysayers or non-supportive people.
Put away any self-doubts where they belong, far from your thoughts. Embrace the positive you. Follow your passion whatever that may be for you. Follow your heart. And, most importantly listen to the wisdom of a little girl; a toddler:
YOU CAN DO IT!
Fear can sneak up out of the blue and take one hostage. I found this with writing. Was my creation good enough or was it even worthy to be seen by others and read? It wasn’t until I let go of that nagging feeling of the ‘what if’s’ and not ‘good enough’ that I realized my passion for writing won and snuffed out my fears. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Follow your heart and you’ll be good to go. I plunged right into the deep end and spent four months in 2017 penning my first debut fiction novel, Emma Beware. A few months later Clara Beware followed.
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE PLUNGE?
Take a minute from your busy life. Close your eyes. Conjure up an image Open your eyes. Take out pen and paper or your computer. Write about that image using your five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight).
Yahoo. Pat yourself on the back. You are a writer!
Leave a comment if you would like to share what you wrote about.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
Writing is an Art. Some people are gifted with the ability to take a blank page and create beauty with paint and a brush. Others are not so blessed, like me for instance. The best I can do on any given day is draw a stick man, and even that is quite the challenge. Art is not only glorious, brilliant colors colliding on a canvas developing into a masterpiece. Art can also be in written form. After all, taking prose and putting this into creative form is akin to taking paint or pencil and creating an image on a blank slate. Using words in a powerful chain, can also create an image.
Since art comes in more than one form, I thought reading some quotes regarding Art might be beneficial and awe inspiring.
Fine art is knowledge made visible—Gustavo Courbet
The temple of art is built on words—Josiah Gilbert Holland
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality—John Stuart Mill
A line is a dot that went for a walk—Paul Klee