Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Message from the Universe

"Let us dare to read, think, speak and write."
John Adams, 1765

This quote was printed on the receipt I got for buying stamps at the Post Office (I still use them.) Most unexpected to find this bit of encouragement in that location.

I have another such object in my office: a wrapper from a Delta Airlines snack. It says in large cobalt blue type: "enjoy!" I keep it tucked into my box of manuscripts to read for clients.

Both items are now part of my rotating collection of found wisdom. For me, running across one of these little reminders can produce a small burst of energy, approximately equivalent to the impact of an M&M. And that's significant.

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trisha said...

In a talk on writing, Flannery O'Connor quoted someone (she didn't remember who) saying that writing is like giving birth to a sideways piano.

Not sure this counts as wisdom, but it sure makes me laugh.

Happy Day

Peggy Payne said...

Me too, Trisha. And it's encouraging to know that Flannery O'Connor felt that way.

mamie said...

One of my favorite found wisdoms is the Queen of Hearts. She was lying, face down, in the middle of an otherwise empty floor backstage at Meymandi. When I saw it, I said, "It's the queet of hearts." And it was. She's my hero!

Peggy Payne said...

Great choice of heroes. And this is an example of a bit of found wisdom that's not verbal. It does show up in these other forms.

mamie said...

Yeah, only wish I hadn't said it was the QUEET of hearts before - she might not like being called a QUEET...

Peggy Payne said...

To me, the QUEET of Hearts feels very Alice in Wonderland.

Coach Laura said...

Hi Peggy,

I'm a life coach in Charlotte and am starting a three month exploration of boldness. I'm hosting a free call-in discussion on Monday the 11th on the topic of "living boldly," and would love it if you wanted to join in!

Here's my blog address. Check out the post on "Project BOLD" and let me know what you think.!.html

Thanks; I'm glad to have found you and your blog!

Laura Neff

Peggy Payne said...

This sounds wonderful, Laura. I'll post about it as well. Thanks for letting us know.