The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Perhaps Today is a Good Day To Begin (Again).

cemetery, Turkey

The Bakers

I know thousands of people who are waiting for their lives to slow down so they can become an artist. Your life is not going to slow down probably until you’re in the grave.  So you’ve got to find a way of actually, in a sense, making your priorities matter.

-Poet Dana Gioia. From an interview on The World Over.

Signs, construction sites, Turkey

Safety First (on the job)

How will you choose art, light, creativity today?

7 comments on “Perhaps Today is a Good Day To Begin (Again).

  1. Clanmother
    September 12, 2012

    What a great reminder to choose life, art and to embrace a new adventure. I especially like the “again” in your title!!!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 13, 2012

      I often have to begin again…again. Usually, if I can just talk myself into it, I’ve won half the battle! Have a great week!

  2. senatorbrett
    September 12, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder… and the challenge!


  3. Sigrun
    September 13, 2012

    Just read this in Scientific American: “Creativity Predicts a Longer Life –
    The trait of openness improves health through creativity.”

  4. richhell
    September 13, 2012

    Given the obligations of life, it’s never easy to rearrange your life for your art. But to me it’s always been rewarding to do just that. Besides, I wouldn’t necessarily want life to slow down too much, because there’s so much to see and do. Though a slow down here and there is good, in order to recharge for the next adventure or challenge.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 13, 2012

      I also feel like when I DO have time, when life DOES slow down, I NEVER write! It’s when I’m in the thick of balancing obligations and commitments that the ideas generate and re-generate. When I’m idle, I want to eat cereal and watch football. (Also good, but not very poetic, I must admit.) 🙂

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