There’s something new under the sun … every day. Each and every one of us is a creator. It’s in our nature. When we create something, whether it’s a painting or a poem or a store display or a legal brief, we give something of ourselves that did not exist before we gave it. PicassoContinue reading “Great artists steal, but it’s not theft”
What if you CAN do it? Do you see how that changes everything? “One of the great discoveries a man makes, one of the great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” I wish I’d said that, but Henry Ford beat me to it, a long time ago,Continue reading “What if you can do it?”
I have built this blog, and my writing in general, around three action verbs: encourage, enlighten, entertain. If I have done at least one of those three things in a piece, mission accomplished. Today I’d like to share some of what has encouraged, enlightened and entertained me this year.
You can do it. That much is certain. I am one of the blessed ones whose mom told me constantly, “I believe you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to.” That encouragement helped make me what I am today and kept me going when times were tough. “I can do this,” youContinue reading “You can do it”
“Let’s get to work” is a common way of saying, “OK, kids, stop playing now, there’s serious business to be done, no more fun.” But when we’re having fun, we love what we’re doing so much more than when it’s drudgery. “Let’s get to play” sounds much more inviting. For the musician or the athlete,Continue reading “Let’s get to play”
This is the 101st day of my 92-day challenge. Back at the end of July, to celebrate my finally getting an independent host for WarrenBluhm.com, I committed to writing a blog post every day in August, September, and October, or 92 consecutive days. I don’t believe I’ve ever managed that. Turns out it’s as easyContinue reading “Turns out the key really is to just do it”
“Choose to have the right attitude, and you choose success,” Scott Alexander wrote the other day. It’s an oft-repeated thought: You can’t control what happens sometimes, but you always can control how you react. Not that it’s easy — what happens can be infuriating or heartbreaking or unintentionally funny, and your first impulse may beContinue reading “Choose how you react”
I met some old friends for conversation last night, and they each offered me an insight or two. “Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation,” Ray said, encouraging me to leave something for posterity to chew on. Henry was in a reminiscent mood, and he hummed me an old LaplandContinue reading “Up through the time machine”
Have you ever found yourself stuck wondering what to do next — “Should I try NaNoWriMo again this year? Should I try to work on that project I always wanted to do? Should I try for that dream job? Should I? Should I? Should I?” — and unable to come to any decision at all?Continue reading “The agony of Schudei Syndrome”
It’s going to be all right. “Easy to say, but how?” It’s up to you. “Oh, fine. It’s up to me? That’s supposed to make me feel better?” Actually, yes.