Sunday, April 19, 2009


"I'm inspired...and I'm a bean counter."

Shadow is a gifted poet who had an inspiring post on her "1 door away from heaven" blog yesterday. Click here to read her poem, "Time."
The second stanza challenged me to not be afraid to take a risk every day. What a scary thought... But it was an "Aha!" moment for me. I decided to go for it and keep a journal about it. Now, down to the business of deciding the first risk I'm willing to take.

Another gifted poet is Fireblossom, of the Word Garden blog. I apprehensively decided to take the risk of sending her an email describing my thoughts about a Shakespearean sonnet. I took a deep breath before I hit "send" because I was afraid she would think I'm a quacker. She wrote back saying it was one of her favorites and shared her thoughts. Well, roll me in chocolate and call me sweetie! You mean there are peeps out there, with whom I can share my feelings about poetry, who won't think I am a pickled beet? What an amazing concept. I wrote Fireblossom back and asked her if she would like to do the same for an allegorical poem, and she said "Yes." There is no way I would have taken risk No. 1, if it had not been for Shadow's inspirational prompt in her poem.

It seems that taking one risk, can lead to another. I excitedly thought about what Risk No. 2 could be. I have been thinking that I would like to try watercolor painting. Why not? I have zillions of photos I've taken this spring - one in particular comes to mind. It is a saguaro and an ocotillo growing side-by-side. When I look at it, I think they look like sisters. The problem is an unsightly background. My idea is to create a watercolor based on the photo, minus all of the unwanted noise. Although I risk failing miserably, I'm going to give it a spirited go.

Meanwhile, Sunny, my middle son, found a camcorder on his college campus that he wanted to keep badly. That's right on par with finding a money clip with cash in it, in my mind's eye. Sunny turned it into the campus police. The cop said, "Nobody would turn this in. This owner is going to think it's gone forever." Sunny's girlfriend, Sarah, said she would have done the same thing. Sunny's friend, Willy, said he would have done the same thing for a different reason. Willy said that every time he used it, he would have felt guilty. Later, Willy teased Sunny and said he should have sold it on E-Bay. Sunny told me he was setting a moral trend for his life - riding the high horse.

Now that's inspiring.


Fireblossom said...

Me? Pfffft. I'm just a simple washerwoman, ask anybody.

Woman in a Window said...

Nothing gained that is not risked first. And Shadow is a gift, I think.

Shadow said...

now that's a cool trend your son would be starting. yep, me too, couldn't keep it. the guilt wouldn't let me get any pleasure out of it.

thank you for your kind words *blush*, very nice of you. and i'm glad you went out and took one risk, which lead to another, and another, and another..... may your creativity flow!

Auxiliary Girl said...

Hi Pouty,
I would have done the same thing as Sonny. You have taught him well. I love watercolor paintings. I bet your would be fantastic.

Jane said...

What a great post! I enjoyed visiting your blog and will be back to visit again soon,


Shey said...

Thanks for the links, followed them and they were reflective of what life should be lived.

I know it's easy to say and harder to take action but I often remind myself that enjoying life and living in the present is really worth it.

I remember a quote from "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Millman, "There are no ordinary moments".

I try to remember that daily.

Thanks for sharing the links and also for stopping by my page. :)

Shrinky said...

You have passed solid values on to your son, you have every reason to be proud of him. Good luck with the painting, I hope to see it up here when you are through? I am a risk taker by nature, and often come a cropper for it! It is worth it though, without taking a gamble I probably would have missed out on so many wonderful things that it's brought!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi dear POUTRY lips,
Your AHA moment was fun to read for me also the poem was intersting, your creativity is very tatching, I like your blog.

Thanks for visiting my blog and YES the Photofestival will be soon, I publisch every week another photo, so please come back?

JoAnn's D eyes/Holland

Always a Southern Girl said...

I probably have turned it in too. Kudos for your son!

I want to paint too. I was thinking oils. So glad you visited my blog. Please come back, I hope to see you again soon.

Redbush said...

I have a hard time taking risks. Maybe I'm afraid that it won't work, or that I'd think it might be wrong. I love poetry, though. Thanks for sharing.

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jinksy said...

Full marks to son, and to you for teaching him honesty. Bet you will do some cracking water colours and can't wait to see! Love, Pen x

yoon see said...

Yeah, taking risk can leads to other, it's so funny! Sometimes, we get what we unexpected! Ha..Ha..