by Snow Vampire
Gratitude breaks the spell of Writers Block
Staring at a blank page is like staring into a snowfield. The snow, untouched by civilization and unmarked by living creatures, blinds you for a few minutes, it glistens reflecting subtle shades of pure white and rainbows at odd angles. If you stare at the snow too long, you get lost in the interplay of light and shadow.|
As the day wears on, you become awestruck at the beauty of the snow's perfection. You marvel at the way an oak tree cast its ebony shadow across the pure white snow. You watch the tree's shadow change, grow and shrink, as Earth turns and the sun moves from morning to evening. If you stand out in the snow too long without moving, you risk snow bite or freezing.
If you are fortunate, a red fox will walk across your line of sight. The fox will leave his footprints written in the snowfield. As you watch the fox move, the spell holding you in one spot staring at the snow is broken. You are free to go inside out of the cold and out of danger.
I must say,
writing 500 words a day
unless I'm attempting to write
on a single subject.
On Monday, October 28, 2013, I began posting my weekly goals at "Weekly Goals" . On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 I began keeping track of may accomplished goals in this journal.
"O SON OF BEING! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning;
for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds."
Bah'u'll'h The Hidden Words of Bah'u'll'h, Part I.'From the Arabic, #31, page 11
'Heinlein's Rules for Writers
Rule One: You Must Write
Rule Two: Finish What Your Start
Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order
Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market
Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold'
Robert A. Heinlein
It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn. Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others. Thus hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon the day-star of wisdom and utterance shineth resplendent.
Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Pages 21-29: gr 32
I changed the way I did entries in this book several times. Beginning on March 21, 2018 the entries will cover the topics of spiritual, inspirational, and religions. However, the genres it will be under are Women's, Inspirational, and Spiritual with a tag of Religious.
Istijlal (Majesty), 1 Asma (Names) 178 B.E. - Thursday, August 19, 2021
Feast of Asma
I give You thanks for the inspiration
that helped me to write
toward the one hundred
I am writing for the Centenary
of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
Istijal (Majesty), 13 Kamal (Perfection) 178 B.E. - Thursday, August 12, 2021
Today I am thankful for the scriptures revealed by Baha'u'llah, because when I read them I can hear the echoes of the Holy Spirit flowing through them. Each time I read a prayer or passage from one of the tablets or epistles revealed by Baha'u'llah, I know that this is the Word of God for this day. I still enjoy reading and being inspired by scriptures from the Prophets sent in the past. However, it is the words of the Baha'i scriptures that give me a feeling of serenity.
"I will speak to you concerning the special teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. All the divine principles announced by the tongue of the Prophets of the past are to be found in the words of Bahá’u’lláh; but in addition to these He has revealed certain new teachings which are not found in any of the sacred Books of former times. I shall mention some of them; the others, which are many in number, may be found in the Books, Tablets and Epistles written by Bahá’u’lláh—such as the Hidden Words, the Glad Tidings, the Words of Paradise, Tajallíyát, Ṭarázát and others. Likewise, in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas there are new teachings which cannot be found in any of the past Books or Epistles of the Prophets."
Today I am thankful that I discovered two articles about 'Abdu'l=Baha's journey to Paris, France, in 1911. Those articles are (1) Memories of the Sojourn of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Paris https://www.bahai.org/documents/essays/lady-blomfield/memories-sojourn-abdul-bah... and (2) Glimpse of Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris by Alice R. Beede https://bahai-library.com/beede_glimpse_abdulbaha_paris.
Istijlal (Majesty), 6 Kamal (Perfection) 178 B.E. - Thursday, August 5, 2021
I have a lot of things to be thankful for. I got my second COVID vaccination on Tuesday, August 3, so now I am ready to start going to the Baha'i Center for devotional services, when they start again.
I received three merit badges between 7/30/21-7/4/21: .
I am going to consult with an eye surgeon on September 9 about cataract surgery. Hopefully that will be done either in September or October.
I have completed 40 of the 100 poems I am writing for the centenary of the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha.