The Story Planted A Seed

Today, I wanted to share a very short essay on how reading can grow into something unique for each of us. I call it, The Story Planted A Seed.

Girl Reading Book, Lynette M Burrows

There was once a girl who read a story

And it was as if the story planted a seed inside her.

She nurtured the seed and it germinated. 

 

The girl read many more stories

And her imaginary garden blossomed with colorful, many-petaled, and sweet-scented ideas.

The ideas grew and grew until she had so many seeds she had to plant her own.

In the fertile ground of her imagination story flowers sprang up between rocks and weeds and choking vines.

So she read books and books and books and she took classes and she did Immersion and she found mentors and she wrote.

Ye, gods, she wrote hundreds of thousands of words.

Something flowered inside…a jumble of ideas came together and grew into a new idea.

She pruned and watered and fed the idea.

The Story Planted A Seed. A determined idea, like a sprout, will find a way to grow.

The story grew and twisted and turned and wormed its way onto the pages

And a book was born.

And readers came and read her story.

In the readers’ imaginings, a seed is planted and the reader adds petals to the flower that is the story.

And in the reader’s mind, the story seed grows and grows.

The girl who wrote the story smiles for that is how it should be.

And in her imagination, another seed twists and yearns to grow into a story.

∞ ∞ ∞

I’m delighted when a reader tells me what they saw and felt when reading one of my stories, especially if I didn’t specifically write it that way. Stories aren’t really stories until they capture someone’s imagination. Each reader brings specific thoughts and idea to the story and their thoughts and ideas enrich the story. When you read a good story how does the story plant a seed in your imagination?

It’s Time We Honor Our Indigenous People

Today in furthering my discussion of time, I’m honoring Indigenous People’s Day. What has that to do with time, you ask? It’s time we honor our indigenous people not just with pictures but with time spent learning and honoring. They are people we have abused, misused, and ignored for far too long.

It's time we honor our indigenous people. Not just with pictures but with time spent learning and honoring them.

Did you expect pictures of Native American’s in their headgear or in teepees? This day needs to honor all Native American’s and not all Native American’s wore headdresses or slept in teepees. Learn more at the links below.

If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.  Stephen Hawking

WHAT IS IT?

Wikipedia describes what Indigenous People’s Day and how it came about.

If you think it’s about time we honor our indigenous people, check to see if your city has a plan to celebrate. Here is a list of cities and states that celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.

Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. Chief Seattle

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Did you know there is a National Museum of the American Indians? Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts. There are three facilities: one on the National Mall in Washington D.C., The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City, and The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland.

The website for the NMAI includes a Did You Know page among many other interesting facts and pictures.

Time. Like a petal in the wind, Flows softly by.

As old lives are taken, New ones begin.

A continual chain, Which lasts throughout eternity.

Every life but a minute in time,

But each of equal importance. Cindy Cheney

10 Ways to Honor Indigenous People

Honoring a people or a race for the abuses they suffered and the contributions they’ve made to this nation, this earth, is not divisive. Acknowledgment of our differences and the things that make us the same is important. It’s something that every human being deserves. This article lists 10 ways to honor indigenous people.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

We are all different. And, we are all the same. It’s about time we honor our Indigenous People in America and in the world.

Be the Master of Your Time

In today’s society, Time is counted as our most precious commodity. But is it? Time is a construct. We created the way we measure minutes, hours, days, months, and years. We also create the way we measure success. Are we using Time to beat ourselves up? I know sometimes I am. Here are five tips on how you can be the master of your time. 

Be the Master of your time with these five tips

1. Align your goals with your values.

If you work toward goals you don’t value, you will never feel accomplished or successful.

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. Stephen Covey

2. Be purposeful.

List your long term and short term goals and keep them posted where you see them. Each morning, make a list of things to do. Choose one or two that are the things that will make you feel successful for that day. Make those your priority. Plan your day or your day will evaporate in doing.

Time is what we want most, but we use worst. William Penn

3. Details count.

In planning, remember the details so you plan accordingly. In assessing your day, appreciate the details that you accomplished.

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. Coco Chanel

4. Concentrate on your now.

Distraction means you aren’t present.  Being present to your now will allow you to focus your energy. Focused energy is not only more efficient, but it’s also more creative.

How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss

5. Take Five.

Five minutes at the end of your day to reflect on how you met or did not meet your goals will help you re-align and keep moving toward your goals. Give yourself a pat on the back for what you accomplished and what you tried. 

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.” Lao Tzu

If we’ve created Time, then we can master it. Did you find these five tips helpful? What do you do to be the master of your time?