“Confidence isn’t thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s realizing that you have no reason to compare yourself to anyone else.”
I have an irksome sensitivity
to the sounds of words
the rhythm of phrases and sentences.
When I search for the right word,
it’s not just the meaning
for the right number of syllables,
of the consonants.
As I nestle a word into a sentence,
I listen for the subtlety
that form phrases,
phrases into paragraphs.
© D. Wallace Peach
From “16 Reasons to read your work aloud,” by D. Wallace Peach. Re-formed by Chel Owens.
“Get on the train to see your friends.
Buy tickets for more Met games.
Make the dinner plans.
Don’t be so afraid of dying that you become afraid to live.
As Snoopy so eloquently said, We only die once: but we live every day. Make it so.”
-LA, “For when I have so few words“
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
-Unknown, but widely mis-attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (you know, when he spoke more lit!)
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
“Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? No. The grass is greener where you water it.”
“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.”
“You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.”
–James R. Sherman, PhD, Rejection
(Language warning. Don’t read if you don’t like the word ‘shit.’)
“I happened to mention this to a hypnotist I saw many years ago, and he looked at me very nicely. At first I thought he was feeling around on the floor for the silent alarm button, but then he gave me the following exercise, which I still use to this day. Close your eyes and get quiet for a minute, until the chatter starts up. Then isolate one of the voices and imagine the person speaking as a mouse. Pick it up by the tail and drop it into a mason jar. Then isolate another voice, pick it up by the tail, drop it in the jar. And so on. Drop in any high-maintenance parental units, drop in any contractors, lawyers, colleagues, children, anyone who is whining in your head. Then put the lid on, and watch all these mouse people clawing at the glass, jabbering away, trying to make you feel like shit because you won’t do what they want—won’t give them more money, won’t be more successful, won’t see them more often. Then imagine that there is a volume-control button on the bottle. Turn it all the way up for a minute, and listen to the stream of angry, neglected, guilt-mongering voices. Then turn it all the way down and watch the frantic mice lunge at the glass, trying to get to you. Leave it down, and get back to your shitty first draft.”