Saturday, August 29, 2009

Recipe Saturday: Recipe for success

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I have to admit, I am late to this party. I don't read many middle grade books, and I don't watch many kiddle type movies (that's what grandparents are for, right?)

But in a huge FUNK last week I figured I would vegetate in my bed while the kids watched a movie "on demand."

I didn't want to be interested. I was writing. I didn't want to pay any attention. I heard the movie didn't get very good reviews anyway.

Soon, the kids were asleep, askew on the bed, heads and legs and elbows littered the king size expanse and there I was, alone, intending to turn the movie off... but something happened.

Let me go back a few days. I've been really stuck. Mentally, emotionally, physically... stuck. I call it Lot's Wife Syndrome. Too much looking back, not enough looking ahead. I posted about it in the post below. AND I received such good advice! (Thanks!) And I took most of it, and some of it worked. But soon I felt that salt eating at my brain again.

Fast forward, this kiddie movie.... I am watching it, while my kids are sleeping and there is a moment where Mr. Magorium imparts to his protege, Mahoney, the following, life changing piece of wisdom.

"Your life is an occasion, RISE to it."

Today, I am skipping the recipe, because that one line has re-set my start button. I am saying it over and over again. I am yelling it in my car.

Try it. For all those who are feeling like I was... try getting in your car and yelling as loud as you can:
"MY LIFE IS AN OCCASION! I must rise to it!"

*Maybe we should all read a little more middle grade fiction? Maybe I should try to write middle grade fiction? Hmmmmmm*

15 comments:

  1. That's a great piece of wisdom. Too often I think I've sewn stones of regret and grief into my clothing, ready to sink, instead of rise. But life is an occasion, a special one-time chance at something extraordinary. I don't want to squander it.
    And, hey, there's great wonder and hope in children's literature. That's what I love about it.

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  2. Oh, wow! What a great quote. I needed that. Thanks! :)

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  3. Hmmm indeed. Love the quote! I'm always amazed by the little things that appear out of nowhere to influence or inspire. The magic of words..

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  4. My kids didn't get into that movie at all, but I sure did - great quote and awesome advice! :)

    I left you a little award over on my blog too :) Happy Weekend!

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  5. Great quote! I'm glad it helped you reset! I'm going to try that advice.

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  6. Glad you got some levening agent to go with your salt. Rise, bake, break, share! :)

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  7. Great quote! Glad you're feeling better!

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  8. Great quote! Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. I LOVE middle grade fiction because it's very uplifting and usually has a message of hope, which is probably why I write it, too. Glad you're feeling like rising to the occasion!

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  10. What a great line! Definitely one to take to heart.

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  11. Ooh I love that quote. Life is one occasion after the next. Think what we could do if we chose to rise to each one... I'm off to think about it :)

    PS- thanks for your comment on my blog RE Friday's post. Meant a lot:)

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  12. What a beautiful quotes. I too, haven't seen this movie, but I have a good friend who loves it. Looks like it's past time.

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  13. I'm with Strange Fiction, the magic of words. I pass those sorts of words on to my kids, Be the Change, Reach High, Play Hard Work Hard, but I don't listen all the time. Even though the words are coming out of my mouth. What is with that? But I'm listening to you, and saying Thank You!

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  14. Such a great quote! Thanks for sharing, x

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