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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Be not the slave of your own past...

I think that I mentioned something about reflection earlier in one of my posts. That's where I've been lately... in a place of introspection and self-awaking with regard to my writing endeavors. Now, I'm certainly not trying to sound too deep. I'm simply stating what's happening in me. Now, this has happened before, to a degree. But, never with such resolve as I've seemed to muster this time around. I'm determined to go beyond my past.

On of my favorite quotes comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I even have it framed and on my bookshelf in my writing area. (Mary Engelbreit painted a great pic to go with the quote.) He said, "Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience, that shall explain and overlook the old."

That, my friends, is where I am today. As I contemplate 2009, and what I wish to accomplish, I meditate on this wisdom. Now, I cannot guarantee my self to be a published success. What I can guarantee, or shall I say what power I hold, is that of resolution and dedication to the craft. If I give it my best, my true and honest best of self, I can insure that whatever happens, I can be assured that my time will come.

I hope this serves as inspiration and encouragement for those of you struggling to find your voice or your identity as a writer. Always remember... writers write!


Shoe Mood:

Getting back to business!

Now, this is just a little something that I do on my website. Everyone seemed to love knowing what "shoe mood" I was in from day to day. So, I thought I'd do it here. It's just a little fun way that I like to express myself. ;-)


Bish Denham said...

Here's to a productive and inspirational 2009. I seem to be following on your (ahem) heels, thinking about what I want to accomplish in the coming year. Your words speak to my heart. Thanks.

Judi B. said...

Take it and run Cherie! You've got great talent and inspiration and I am sure...big vision as well. It's great to see someone who recognizes their God-given talent and who is pursuing their passion with such resolve. I look forward to watching/reading as your destiny unfolds. So make the plunge, dive deep and swim far my friend!!!

Many blessings,


CJ Raymer said...

Bish - Thanks! It's so cool to hear that others get encouragement from my little blogs. It blesses me!

Judi - Thanks, Girl! Don't forget to check out as well. If you like this one, you'll LOVE that one! Tee! Hee!

Rena said...

Great post. I love the quote, and the shoes. :)

Happy New Year, CJ!

Nora MacFarlane said...
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Nora MacFarlane said...

You go, girl! May 2009 be your year!

CJ Raymer said...

Rena - Thank you! I'm a shoe addict. So, when I buy a new pair of shoes, I justify that I can use them for my "shoe mood." I'm glad you liked the post.

Nora - You too! I just know that you are going to have a rockin' 2009! XOXO

Kelly said...

I like that quote!
Here's to a wonderful and productive 2009!
I love your shoe mood idea! Very original!

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