Monday, April 15, 2013

If I Knew Then What I Know Now


1. In honor of National Poetry Month: Poems will teach you a lot about writing and life. Try to say a lot with a little. Make sure virtues are given agency. Defy rules in grammar books. Use a blank sheet of paper and few lines to convey an entire experience.

2. Make sure you are always writing----even when you're not. Record thoughts onto faded receipts. Use the notepad function on your phone. Trust the embryo of ideas. 

3. The writing process demands patience. Yes, it demands a lot of other things as well but this is one you will struggle with. Let it humble you. Let revisions take just as long, if not longer, than the writing. 

4. Celebrate your friends' accomplishments: large, small, and in between. It's an act of true love to do so. 

5. The marker for who should be in your life is simple: how do you feel after you've spent time together? Lighter? Inspired? Dejected?

6. Forgive the mistakes of others. It's rare that people set out to be hurtful. Most are really trying to do their best. Wish someone well even when they've hurt you. Don't stop seeing the good in people. It's the best way to make sure they don't add any more negativity.

7. When things seem bleak for those you care for, know what they need to feel better. For some, it might be a handwritten note. For others, an evening of venting and old movies. The recipe for healing is variable.

8. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and noticed. Ask people their stories. Sometimes sharing is the most important point of connection in a graying world. Your mom always said that every human has something to teach another. 

9. Art and life have a way of braiding together. The way you perceive a play, movie, or book will often correlate to what's already on your mind at that point.

10. Trust in your hardships and remember, it's important to earn the life you want.



















14 comments:

  1. My revisions take twice as long!
    Celebrating the joy of others is one of the greatest things in the world.

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one with super long revisions. And yes, it really is one of the greatest things to share joy!

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  2. I love all of them, especially #8. My life is so much richer because of it~

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    1. Thanks, Shelly. Your comments are always so sweet.

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  3. Wonderful post, Saumya. All of these are things I've learned, am learning, in my twenties. Just imagine what we'll know in our thirties!

    Have you seen Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides blog for Writer's Digest? Every April for National Poetry Month he does a Poem-A-Day Challenge. The prompts each day are really great. I've been doing them before I write. It wakes up the muse! Here's the webpage: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. Ah, my kindred spirit!! I did not know about that. You always have the best writing resources!

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  4. What a wonderful list! And yes, poetry has many lessons to teach. So many kernels of wisdom embedded in beautiful language.

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  5. "Art and life have a way of braiding together." - perfectly and poetically put! And so true how what we're going through can affect how we perceive art.

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    1. Yes! We are such soul sisters. I was just reading your most recent post when you had commented here!

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  6. Numbers 8 & 9 stand out for me they could all be lessons for everyday life. A thought provoking and thoughtful post - ic

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  7. Those are just great things. Especially 3, 4, 6 and 8. Very thoughtful.

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  8. Patience!!! Gah that's the one that is so important and yet I forget it all the time!

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