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), 18 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 24, 2020
Today I am thankful ...
...that I have internet access because I can find the sacred scriptures of the Baha'i Faith and any other sacred book online.
...for fresh brewed black coffee on this beautiful Autumn morning.
...that "Winter in Post Hole, Arizon" was featured in "Fantasy Newsletter (September 23, 2020)" .
...for the cookies I had to go with my morning coffee.
...that I was able to transfer $6.08 from my PayPal account to my checking account.
...for the $1.00 I have in my Vindale Research account.
...that my Bank of America checking account isn't overdrawn today.
...for the inspiration of Sifter of Dust
Jalal (Glory), 13 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Saturday, September 19, 2020
To Ruth Bader Guinsburg
Crusader for justice and gender equality,
and woman of faith.
Our duty now
is to continue her legacy,
continue seeking equality and justice,
and continue letting her words
inspire our actions.
Istijlal (Majesty), 11 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 17, 2020
Today I am thankful...
...for Facebook memories. This is from 2018
My name is Neva.
I am a Baha'i, and I love Baha'u'llah in addition to the other Messengers sent by God. I do my best to obey Baha'u'llah teachings; however, since I am only human I sometimes fail. I believe that Baha'u'llah fulfills the prophecies of the the Messengers that came before. I believe in the three Onenesses: The Oneness of God, the common foundation of all religions, and the oneness of humanity.
I wrote this in response to a challenge. If you want to copy and past it go ahead. If you want to write your own beliefs that is alright as well.
...that my out patient surgery went well.
...for the produce that Karen brought to us today.
...that I finished my edition of the spiritual newsletter yesterday.
...for the merit badge I received today.
Istijlal (Majesty), 4 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 10, 2020
On the second Thankful Thursday in September 2020, I am sharing a Thankful Thursday poem I wrote several years ago.
The fifth day of the Gregorian week
Holds a special place for praise an gratitude:
All praise to the Singularity that created the universe.
Name the Essence what y ou will, if that names helps you to worship:
King of kings, Allah, Jehovah, Lord of Host, Baha--
Faith in God does not affect the Essence--
Unbelief or belief shapes the individual soul,
Love the Creator with all your being.
Thank God in adversity!
Upon rising each morning shout your joy,
Raise your voice in praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving.
Sing or shout your blessings to the world;
Do not remain silent. Joy and gratitude attract blessings.
Istijlal (Majesty), 16 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 3, 2020
"In prosperity, all praise is Thine, O Lord of the Worlds, and in its absence, all gratitude is Thine, O Desire of them that have recognized Thee!"
O Lord of the Universe,
On the first Thankful Thursday of September 2020,
I give thanks
for the beauty of a hot
late summer day,
for the cereal
I had for breakfast,
and for the coffee and cookies
for my morning snack.