I’ve been a little too free this summer. Like a kite that’s lost its string, I’ve been aloft and at the will of the winds.
Oh, I have things to do. Of course. Projects to start or finish. Appointments to keep. Paperwork to complete. Repairs to be made. All the stuff that’s usually stuffed into an already jam-packed schedule September through June needs doing in July and August too.
But the schedule’s been a bit loosey-goosey lately and I’ve been lolly-gagging along this week, so this morning I had a chat with Arnold Bennett about it.
According to Goodreads, Enoch Arnold Bennett, known usually by Arnold Bennett, was an English writer who lived from 1867 – 1931. I’m guessing he may have had an issue with time management as well, based on the quote I read this morning:
The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
How did he know?
What he wrote was exactly what I needed to read.
As a teacher, I post a quote of the day in my classroom every day. I’ve also stuck post-it quotes on the fridge for my young adult sons. You can read about that here.
Arnold and I met this morning because I was on the hunt for a quote to go with an Instagram picture I wanted to post. My Instagram account is here.
Like that chicken and egg, sometimes my photography inspires writing ideas and sometimes the writing comes first. The two are pretty intertwined. And today … today I decided to embark on a quote of the day project … for me. And for you too.
To inspire. To comfort. To bring a small moment of peace. To motivate. To move me – physically, spiritually, emotionally … or when need be, off the couch.
Some folks go to Pinterest for inspiration, and I do too sometimes, but mostly I go right for the words of other writers. Other thinkers, book dwellers, and daydreamers. And just like this morning, I almost always find exactly the words I need to read.
Words are my go-to hope, a connection with someone else who has been exactly where I am. Who understands. And feels. Just. Like. Me.
If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting on Instagram under the hashtag #hopefortoday. Join in the conversation with hopeful and inspiring quotes you come across. Let’s spread hope and help as high, and far, and aloft as that kite I told you about.
You may just write exactly the words someone else needs to read.