Monday, 20 May 2013

Playing with Poetry: Haiku

The early morning rose

A damp bud shivers.
Unfolding petal; spreads
A breath into the dawn.

Monday, 13 May 2013

The Shape of Words

A student lately said to me, after I had helped him with editing and proofreading his draft, that 'before when I would read it, it would feel like a square, but now it feels like a circle.' What a fantastic expression!
Well, this got me thinking...yes, our writing should flow like a circle, instead of being rigid and awkward like a square...but what about the words we speak? Shouldn't they also be gentle and smooth, not rough and harsh like the corners of a square? The essence of the words can be the same...you can still communicate the same general message, but it's about how you say it. The same thing can feel like a compliment or an insult depending on whether it is shaped like a circle or a square. So I challenge you: round off those corners and speak in circles. Soften your tone, take a deep breath and think twice before you speak. There's a big difference between criticising someone and gently correcting them. Are your words going to nudge someone on to bigger and better things, or leave them bruised and punctured?

Sunday, 5 May 2013

A New Quest

For those who enjoy this blog, I have started another one here:

http://10000blessings.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/2/

I will continue writing on this one as inspiration guides me!

(I've booked another trip so later in the year there will be more travel stories coming!)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Simple things

A sloppy kiss on the knee by your dog who is always excited to see you...
A new bud on your favourite rose bush...
The pale pink haze in the sky as the sun goes down...
Whispers of a cool breeze rustling in the tree tops...
An encouraging note from a friend just when you need it...
A new found hobby (playing with a quill and ink is mine-best birthday present ever!)...
Beautiful music to soothe the soul...
Gooey, warm, chocolate brownie...
Steaming, fragrant chai tea...

It really doesn't take much to bring out a smile if you are willing to let it. Look around you-what is going to make you smile today?