Perhaps Thoughts Are Like Dogs?

Well, I’m up so I thought I’d do a little research, drink some lemonade and let my thoughts run wild (as they do constantly).

I keep debating on whether or not now is a good time to work on one of my two novels (one is in a binder and one is on my laptop) but I’m worried once I start, my mind will become more active than it is now and I’ll have trouble getting back to sleep. What’s worse is that I’m craving a popsicle and I’m trying to lose weight. Midnight snacking is probably the worst thing I can do to myself right now…but I really want it. They’re just sitting in my freezer, waiting….

Anyway, to avoid indulging in sweets and letting my hour run the other day completely go to waste, I should probably try to fall asleep again. At least staring at the screen and colouring with my Crayola markers helped me relax my thoughts a little. Perhaps thoughts are like dogs…they get really hyper when they hear somebody coming to the door, or when they hear words like walk, and so they suddenly are jumping all over you and running around trying to get your attention. That is exactly how thoughts are…at least mine. They’re like “Did someone say walk? Walk reminds me of outside, which reminds me the weather is really nice today. Did you notice the way the sun was just sitting on the lake this morning? Ooh! That would be fun to write about! Oh did someone say pizza? I want pizza! Pizza tastes sooooo yummy! Like…pizza,” and they don’t stop until you offer them a nice old belly rub or a scratch behind the ears.

I’m going to do my best to fall asleep again. I promised myself I’d only exercise and study these next two days. Plus I need to eventually pick up some birthday gifts…if I end up working on my novels or doing concept art or storyboarding I’ll end up doing that for more than half the day and I won’t end up getting done what needs to be done. I just get really immersed in my work…and get lost in La La Land as my grade one teacher called it.

Good morning/night everyone. Wishing you all the best today!

— R.

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Words

One thing that writers know much more than the rest of the world, is that words have power. Words allow us to communicate, and to create. Everything that is and will be, is at some point spoken, thought of, or written. Because of this, it is important that we use and choose the right words. The good words.

            Because I volunteer with young children, I have witnessed them being taught the power of words, and the differences words can make when spoken to others as well as themselves. For example, there are good words, and bad words. Good words, are words of encouragement, of life, of love and of friendship: words that make people smile, or give them that warm-fuzzy feeling when they are read or spoken. However bad words, are words of hatred, destruction, and of pain: words that are meant to hurt others, to break them, and occasionally make them feel that awful numbness within that sometimes doesn’t fully go away. Now my question is, why is it that we are taught the differences between good and bad words, but yet as we grow we decide to use them without any thought? Why is it that when two people get into an argument, they use words that purposely meant to hurt? We know better, and yet many of us do this. We even use bad words on ourselves, telling ourselves things like we “aren’t good enough,” or “aren’t cool,” and after a while of saying these things, these words we spoke, or thought, or wrote about ourselves feel so real, that they take on a life of their own and become a part of our reality. That is why we need to reteach ourselves to think before we speak. That is why we need to start building ourselves up with good words. A quote that I really like from the movie Tintin, said by Capitan Haddock is, “There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don’t you ever say it of yourself.” This is something that I tell people all the time. Capitan Haddock is right, there are tons of people who will say bad things about you, but you should never say it about yourself, because once you do, you’re agreeing with them. Agreeing with them is considered admitting to defeat in the eyes of the Capitan. Capitan Haddock wants us to know that we should never give up without a fight. That is why I decided that I would start up a little challenge for myself, and for everyone reading this blog.

            Here’s how it is going to work: make a list of good words that you can put towards yourself. For example, you could write down the word creative. The list should have at least ten to twenty things on it. Once you have made your list write the words I AM big and bold on the top, and post your list up somewhere where you can see it often. Every time you walk by the list, read it. Look at all the good words, the words that are true to you. If you want, make lists of good words for your friends, family, pets, co-workers, etc.

If you want an example of words that you can use, here are a few:

  1. Funny
  2. Smart
  3. Attractive
  4. Creative
  5. Great
  6. Loyal
  7. Brave
  8. Strong
  9. Talented
  10. Kind-hearted
  11. Friendly
  12. Patient
  13. Sweet
  14. Happy
  15. Healthy
  16. Good-looking
  17. Cute
  18. Wonderful
  19. Excellent
  20. Fabulous
  21. Tranquil

 

Till next time,

 

Orion.