Writer’s Quote: Believe

Writer’s Quote: Believe

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At the end of the day, all we are left with is our thoughts. Friends leave for their various houses, family goes to sleep, the noise drowns out except for the faraway sounds of crashing waves; birds return to their nests.

My prayer for you, is in that moment when the silence gets too loud and there’s solitude about, you can embrace it for what it is. Breathe in, breathe out; feel your diaphragm expand and contract, hear the slight wheezing form your nostrils, listen for that far out sound of the waves and let it take you to beautiful places, places your mind deserves to go.

And I know it’s not an easy task, trust me I know, but I want you to believe. Believe that you can beat this, you can bear to dwell in the silence without that voice in your head nudging you that silence is something to be feared because it’s not. As long as the steering wheels are in your hands, it’s not.
So believe that you can and I bet you… You will.

The above post is in response to Writers quote Wednesday writing challenge hosted by SilverThreading and RonovanWrites. This week theme is “Believe“. 

Writers Quote: Hope

Writers Quote: Hope

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When I saw this week’s theme, “Hope“, I knew I had to write on one of my favorite poems, “Hope is a thing with feathers-” by the late Emily Dickinson. Here’s the full poem below,

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share an Emily Dickinson poem. Many a times, I see and read stories and poems bordering on the statement, all I’m left with is hope. I think, what we sometimes forget is- hope is all we need.

This thing we refer to as “just hope” is what keeps us going every single day. It is the light at the end of a tunnel which enables us to wake up every morning, believing the coming day is going to be better than the previous one. It is the motivation and zeal which gives us the strength to put a smile on our faces after a tear filled night. This little thing, hope, is in fact what separates us from falling in to the abyss of despair, which is a tough well to climb out of.

Hope is not just a word, it is the fading voice in our head reminding us amidst the storms, we’ve got this, the sun will rise at dawn and everything will be alright again.
Hope is much more than a four letter word, it is the thing with feathers which helps us to fly despite the tumultuous wind dragging us down; it is that bridge which help us to trudge out of our miseries one baby step at a time.

Hope is the greatest gift we could ask for because without it, there would be little meaning to life knowing each day is a disaster waiting to strike. Hope truly is a thing with feathers, which gives us the wings to fly.

This post is in response to Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge, hosted by Silver Threading and RonovanWrites

Brave

Brave

A beautifully written piece by a dear friend of mine on Bravery. Bravery means so many different things to so many people…. Here’s to wearing our bravery crown and strutting like we know what we’re doing.

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What is being brave? It can be so many different things for different people. Being brave for a 5 year old can be jumping off the diving board! Or can be trying to pull the teacher in with you. Yeah, I kinda didn’t make it through swim lessons! But I did eventually learn how to swim, tho please don’t count on me to save you!

Bravery is the child who stands up for the one  that is being picked on. The teen who chooses to go eat lunch with the lonely teen sitting by themselves in a corner of the cafeteria.

Bravery is standing for the truth, even when others may be against you. Its speaking out against injustice, when the roar of the crowd is deafening against you. It is facing your fears and unveiling things you have held inside. You are stepping out  in order to help yourself…

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“Those days”-

“Those days”-

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There are days,
When
The weight of the burden
Of the world,
Seem to fall
On two frail shoulders;
Days-
When the effort it takes
To smile
And pretend
Seem more,
Much more,
Than one soul can bear;
Days-
When to utter
Soft words
Is a feat impossible.
When reality,
Life-
Seems like
a dark cycle
With no silver lining.

Trudging,
Sailing through
Those muddy days,
Makes one
Nothing less than a warrior.
And when all’s said
And done-
You fought,
Scar and all,
Hold your head up
And strut,
Like the Warrior you are.

The above image is courtesy of Ccm Magazine.com

Writer’s quote: Angelina Jolie

Writer’s quote: Angelina Jolie

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Don’t fit in, don’t sit still, don’t ever try to be less than what you are and when someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud.
– Angelina Jolie

The above quote is from Angelina Jolie’s speech after winning a kids choice award for favorite villain in her role as Maleficient.

When you know, own and accept who you are, no one would be able to use it against you. No one has the power to make you feel embarrassed about certain things without your permission. The light is out there for a reason. It is waiting for you to step into it. It is waiting to illuminate the star that you are. And no, this is not just talk. This is fact, this is reality. This is me saying pick up your hat and strut like the boss that you are. You are different? That’s okay. Imagine a world where we all did the same things, looked the same way, loved the same hobbies- it wouldn’t be much of a world.

You weren’t born to fit in. You were beautifully made to stand out. Appreciate the unique being you are and use that God-given creativity to reveal to the world.

This is my submission for writer’s quote Wednesday hosted by silver Threading.

Writer’s Quote: Ray Bradbury

Writer’s Quote: Ray Bradbury

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I believe, in life there are no guarantees. Just because you strive with every muscle In your body to reach the finish line In time doesn’t mean you’re going to make it. It might rain, a storm might abruptly occur on that sunny day, anything can happen to hinder the final result. Does that mean, you sit back and stop training, watch the race pass you by all in the fear or what might or might not occur, No. You still train anyway, because giving it your best shot beats a whole lot out of spending the rest of days in the cycle of wondering, “maybe if i had trained…”

I chose the above quote by Ray Bradbury because, more often than not, I see people saying, I wish I had done this or I wish it had done that. Unfortunately, no human can guarantee tomorrow, even I, writing this might not be here. Either way, the biggest regret would be to leave the pen and paper lying around in the hopes of writing on a tomorrow that might not come. The piece is not going to write itself. Sure, you might start writing and then get ecstatic about the piece and write for a few more hours until it’s way past your bedtime indicating coffee would be needed the next day. But then again, imagine a tomorrow where you wake up with the thought “I’ll try and start writing today” and the one where your mind goes, “wow, I can’t believe I wrote all that”.

Life has no guarantees, if you want to write, the best day to start is today, not tomorrow, not any other day. Nobody is going to remember “He had always wanted to be a writer in his mind” because nobody knows. But everyone would remember that uncompleted manuscript (if tomorrow doesn’t come) which might have been a best seller.


This is submission to the inspirational writing event, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday”. For the first time, my post is ready on a Wednesday. I’ve got to start with me, nobody’s going to remember the writer’s quote post I was supposed to do tomorrow.

Writers Quote: J.D.Salinger

Writers Quote: J.D.Salinger

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I read Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women, good wives” a few years ago and after I was done, I felt like grappling a telephone and screaming- “couldn’t Laurie have ended up with anyone but Jo’s sister, I mean come on!”. Thank God I don’t have her number and I can save my little dignity towards other things like em, “forgiving her”.

I digress, now to the quote above, how do we know we’ve read an amazing book. It differs for all us; for me- it’s feeling a certain level of calmness after reading the last line, sighing and wishing I had written the book; that’s when I know the writer’s got me.

The first half of Khaled Housseini’s “a thousand splendid suns” got me feeling like- it’d be a great honor to write like him, heck, I actually wanted to meet him. Upon getting to the second part (and please forgive me if you are his fan), I got tired of reading it cause I felt the storyline was dragging on. And then I read “To kill a mockingbird” and J.D. salinger’s words accurately describe my feelings.

What I want to say is this, how about we aim towards exuding a similar feeling from our readers. As much we try to say, we write for ourselves, it would still be a great honor at the end of the day to have someone say “darn, I love your book” or “I wish I could write like you”. We all could do with some motivation.
Here is to writing books which make readers wish they were our friends 😉
P.S which book have you read that evoked the above quote?

In response to writers Quote Wednesday Hosted by Silver Threading.

Writer’s Quote: Dr. Seuss (2)

Writer’s Quote: Dr. Seuss (2)

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We are all motivated and inspired via different means; introverts are moved by things involving “deep philosophical thoughts”, extroverts would rather “action”, writers’ range from nature to heartbreak; but yet, sometimes intensity isn’t what gets us going. The cords that can’t be stroked by intensity could be hit through humor and rhyme- hence the quote.

You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any-
Direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And you’re the one who will
Decide where to go.

We’ve got the brains, we’ve got the feet, we’ve got the mind and the ability to choose; it would seem that the world is our oyster but still, something keeps holding us back. It’s not the same for everyone. The cuffs restraining me are different from the ropes holding you, but if there is one thing we have in common, it’s this- we have the power in us, the ability to unlock the chain, untie the ropes, choose our destination and achieve our goals.

If we are going to be honest with ourselves, we can identify those ropes. It’s all a matter of cutting them loose. It doesn’t have to come all off at once. Just as we write one alphabet, one word, one sentence at a time, so also, slowly but surely we can get those ropes out, one knot at a time.

May we have the courage to figure out those destinations, place our feet in our shoes, ignite our minds and steer towards the direction we’ve always wanted to go.


And This is my submission to Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Silver Threading. Don’t forget to pop by at the link I included to say hello to her and maybe, just maybe, get motivated to submit your quote for this event. The more the merrier 🙂

Writer’s Quote: Henry Ward

Writer’s Quote: Henry Ward

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          This is my submission to Writer’s quote Wednesday, hosted by silver Threading. I wish I could follow up with a few words but after a long week(end), a quote pic is as much as I could handle. Thankfully, Henry ward’s quote has done the bulk of the taking. Still, I plan to do better next time. Hope you have a stress-free and worry-free week ahead.

Tedx: is coming to town!

Tedx: is coming to town!

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       Hey guys, so I sort of really need your help. Tedx organization, which I’m sure most of you have come across; if you haven’t, it is an organization which provides a platform for individuals to share their ideas and stories for the benefit of others. Well, Tedx is coming to my university this August!

Yup, the form is out and in the open for the students. Here’s the problem, the topic is “Vision” and I am at a loss as to what “story/idea” I should talk about. At first, I thought about “Self esteem” because I feel like it’s basically the backbone to everything. We need self-esteem to build the courage, in order to take our visions places. I wanted to talk about building each other’s esteem and the importance of family in regards to it.

But now, I would love to know what other topics you feel I could talk about which is under the spectrum of “Vision”. Especially for those of my followers who have been reading my posts for a while now, what other topics do you think fit perfectly with me and vision. I would really appreciate your feedback.

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