How often does a sentence or a single paragraph in a book tilt your world when you read it? Shift your perspective with an emotional punch? Leave you with a lingering sense of awe?
That’s the power of words. The power of story.
Sometimes I even get the gut punch from a character that I wrote—which I find humorous, as well as astounding, as if my words don’t have the same meaning in life until my character speaks them out loud for me to ponder. I suppose that’s the power of my subconscious trying to communicate with me.
Whatever. I eventually get the message.
My life has been through many upheavals lately but something I wrote a few years ago has recently struck that perfect emotional chord. I’ll leave you with this quote from Zoey, one of Cerise Laudine’s (my other penname) characters in the Well of Souls series:
“When I woke up this morning I realized I wanted to live before I died, not die a little each day while waiting for the end.”
It’s a reminder to me not to just mark time, drifting through each day, but to experience each moment as it comes. Maybe it will help you too.
Zoey is as eloquent as her creator. I have long said I want a life, not an existence. It costs more, hurts more and is worth more.ReplyDelete
EC - Yes to all of the above! After all, how can we know joy if we don't experience the lows?Delete
Wow, such a powerful and meaningful quote, for sure. I can see how it struck a cord with you. Best of luck getting through all the upheavals in your life at the moment!ReplyDelete
Heather - Thanks! As for me, I keep trudging along. ;)Delete
I can see why that quote strikes a chord. I sometimes think our characters are smarter than we are. :)ReplyDelete
Cherie - I'm convinced our characters are smarter than we are! And in more danger from us too. LOLDelete
Hi River - can quite agree with the others and with your reminder to yourself ... such a great quote and necessary ideal for our lives ... as our own life slips away. A brilliant maxim for us to go along with = thanks for sharing with us ... you are so right - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Hilary - Thank you. And life moves by faster with each passing year. We have to grab hold and enjoy it.Delete
Well said! Absolutely.ReplyDelete
Olga - Thanks! I'm glad you like it.Delete
I agree with Cherie. Sometimes our characters are smarter than we are! Fantastic quote from Zoey.ReplyDelete
Christine - funny how that works, right? :)Delete
That is an excellent and wise quote!ReplyDelete
Patricia - Thank you!Delete
Great advice and Great Quote, River!!ReplyDelete
Lovely quote, River! Yes, I learn from my characters for sure.ReplyDelete