Friday, October 7, 2011

Unblocking Writer's Block

I am a regular reader of Pete Wilson's blog, Without Wax. A few days ago he challenged his readers to offer techniques for juicing up creativity in writing. Yesterday he posted "55 Ways to Be Creative" in which he shared his readers' suggestions.* It is quite an interesting list!

One suggestion I take to heart for I am blessed. The reader said one should keep a "gratitude journal." What a great idea. It surely should trump the grumbling about the little annoyances that creep into day-to-day living.

Just for this moment and in this place, I am grateful for the October sunshine and the eighty degree temperature accompanying same. On a subnote, I am grateful for the colors that are presented me outside my window by way of the turning of the leaves.

As I am each day, I am grateful for the health and well-being I possess in sufficient measure to be able to arise from bed and dress for the day. Any day one can stand upright is a good day. Do I have aches and pains? That's not the subject of this document, yet even those remind me that I have lived a long life, and I am still alive!

I have a truly deep gratitude for the wife that lives with me, prepares my meals, yea, even fusses at me on occasion. Well, because I know she cares.

This list would be virtually endless were I to attempt to list all the blessings for which I am grateful. But this, in the spirit of "journal" is for the blessings of this day, right here, right now.

I am in awe, and gratefully thankful ever to my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who lives today and cares for me most of all.

*I shall keep a copy of this list in my TTK folder for frequent reference.


Vee said...

Beautiful picture of the fall colors there and a nice reminder about gratefulness.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Great stuff- and of course, that's exactly how My Quality Day started (have you read that explanation?)

You didn't give a link to the other blog.

vanilla said...

Vee, the colors are quite stunning this year! Being thankful is a whole lot better than grumbling, and it is no harder!

Shark, the link is on the article title "55 ways..."

Lin said...

I've been working on just finding humor in the day. I lost it when I started working more hours with a co-worker out on maternity leave. I found my posts lacking of humor and the silly-side of life. I'm grateful that I can laugh....still. :)

vanilla said...

Lin, not to worry. Your adventures as you report them are amusing. Good call, too, to be grateful for laughter!

Anonymous said...

We all have our share of aches and pains, yet I am thankful for waking up and finding I am still alive and finding my faithful wife beside me. Thanking GOD for all my blessings.


vanilla said...

Bob, that is an attitude of gratitude! I know some of your trials, but you are faithful.