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Are we writers because we live or do we live because we are writers?

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“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.”

― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

― Toni Morrison

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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Have you ever heard something that made your mouth drop open? I have — until I close it, realizing that I look like a trout waiting for the hook.

As an empathetic idealist (I have the Kersey and Myers Briggs to back that up) certain scheming behaviors simply don’t occur to me. It is not that I am dumb, although some might think that I am a naïve simpleton, but actually I am too busy looking at faces, energy, spirit, psychology and the mysteries of the mind. It does not occur to me to look for the “fast track” to get ahead or how to make my next dollar.

Don’t get me wrong, my debt is crippling like everyone else I know.

I have the capacity to get angry, outraged, and incensed like other people. My ego is solidly planted and justice is very important to me. I have plenty of opinions and knowledge and I am not afraid to use them.

However, when you are looking up, and looking out to others, you are not focusing on material goods. You are thinking about empathy, kindness, compassion, caring and lightening someone else’s load. The most amazing people we have ~ teachers, social workers, nonprofit and charitable employees, volunteers, therapists, nurses, soldiers ~ are compensated so poorly for the level of heart and effort that they put into all that they do for others. They are too compassionate, and wired for empathy, to turn away. The funds are not there and they struggle to support their families. But, they do it anyway.

Others figure out how to get the best deal and all the back doors to “success.” How do we measure success? Is it only by the bankbook? There are children who grow up wanting to be rock stars or multi-millionaires. Others want to be policemen and firemen. They want to be teachers and artists. They want to help others and seek employment doing just that even though they are not compensated well for all that they do for others.

There are many lists that measure the richest and the most powerful. Magazines are devoted to the wealthy life and hotels that cost more per night than most people make in a month. They are indeed beautiful, and it would be very nice. Ahhhhh… but apparently I was meant to work for the money I have in this lifetime.

The wealthy that impress me are the altruistic and philanthropic ones who genuinely want to see improvement in the world. They are ambassadors and fighters for the needs of those suffering, in numerous ways, all around the world. They want to improve education in the classroom and bring opportunities for growth and job opportunities. They have achieved staggering levels of income but they are also giving extraordinary amounts to help others. It may be a tax deduction, but how you give charity shows if you really care about it.

Some people are experts at all the dirty tricks and prioritize them. It did not occur to me to look for the lowest common denominator.

Sorry, — I am an idealist and I am too busy looking up!

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Summer travels are underway and long awaited trips and vacation days are being used. For me, vacation days are being used to see family. Gone are the days when families lived close to each other; now we use “face time” apps and email to substitute for a healthy hug and good morning smile.

As I sat in the over-packed gate at the airport, I looked around at all of the people. So many faces, hair colors, body types, dressing styles, and attitudes filled the lounge waiting to depart. In true ego fashion, we look at others and judge them, and ourselves, on an invisible sliding scale of who looks better and who is so striking that all eyes are drawn to the beautiful people.

Each plane ride is at least 140 – 150 people drawn together in a fairly small space. While people filled the aisles and looked for comfortable seats, again, I looked at the variety of faces and people as they filed onboard.
Yet each of us shares so many of the same ideals: we want to be loved, respected, admired, sexy and attractive. We want someone, or many people, to look at us and see how special we are and be drawn to our best selves.

Psychological studies show it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. Will people look to my hair, clothing, makeup, or smile? Will they sum me up by my weight or style of shoes?

So little time to show who I am and my dreams are all up in the air.
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