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Quotable Quote: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Today I had the pleasure of reading A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The following is the last line:

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Recently, Richie Franklin shared this beautiful psalm by Longfellow with my writer support group. Regretfully, I couldn’t read it when he posted the poem, but I opened it in a browser tab for future perusal. I’m a terrible tab hoarder and will keep as many as 50 open at once.

Time passed, as time does, and soon at least a month had gone by — I know, I’m pathetically busy at times. Today I had a little more time on my hands than usual, and I started closing out ancient tabs by reading them or by deciding they weren’t important and killing them without wasting my time. I’m so glad I was able to be in the right state of mind to read and enjoy this beautiful work.

Much more eloquent than I could even aspire to be, Longfellow reminds us to be present in the present, work hard, be patient, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Oh, and make the best of everything life has to offer.

Wonderful advice for this era of near-instant gratification.

This post brought to you by the most patient dog I’ve EVER SEEN:

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Quotable Quote: Stephen King Edition

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“So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Disclaimer: I’ve yet to buy or read this book by Mr. King.

Don’t let that fool you. Every quote I’ve read or heard from On Writing causes outcries in my brain, “You need to study this book and internalize all of its goodness! NOW.”

Guess what my next book purchase is going to be?

The theme that Mr. King expresses so well in the quote above is that my writing is first and foremost for me or my children or my wife. No one else. There should be only one distinct person I’m writing for as I’m drafting something new, and it should be someone very close. And that is the lesson I still have to get through my thick skull.

Revisions are for other the rest of you. I’ll get to those; first I have to finish!

Late addition: I’ve just bought On Writing. Excited!