If you’re a blogger, you’re a writer. I’m always searching for tips on how to improve my writing. Here’s a short YouTube video with five tips for writers drawn from the habits of great writers. Who knows, perhaps one of these tips will ignite your writing greatness – here’s hoping it does.
Do you rely on your GPS when you travel? I do if I’m not familiar with the address. It’s a helpful way of getting me to where I need to go without worrying about where or when to turn. It’s the same way in life. Using a “life GPS” can help us find our way, especially when we are stressed. The following Vimeo video shares 7 Life Rules – They’re common sense, but commonly forgotten. They may get you to where you want to go.
“You’re in a rut, Ray. It’s making you a dull, dull, dull boy. I’ll leave your writing alone, maybe. Let’s face it, without me, you’d be arrested for walking on the red carpet with no invite. Know what I mean?”
“No, I don’t know what you mean. If I ever get invited to walk on the red carpet, I won’t be holding your arm.”
“After everything I’ve done for you? You’ll be singing a different tune when the invite comes.”
“Change of subject, okay. Dull? I’m anything but dull. Why I’m up every day at 5:30.”
“I exercise, shower and have Greek yogurt and oatmeal.”
“Strike two. At least put some cinnamin on your oatmeal, blueberries, even. How many days in a row have you been eating vanilla Greek yogurt? You really want to continue, Ray. Anyone can see where this is leading.”
“Well, you’re not much better,” I snap defensively.
“How so? I change my name almost every day. To keep you on your toes I’ve moved off of one letter names. You can call me, De. It rhymes with free. And, glee. It might be short for de-lightful. Or, delicate.”
“Or, deranged or demented.”
“See, that’s another thing, you’ve got to start looking on the sunny side of the street. See the rainbow after the storm. Open those baby blue eyes, Ray, there’s a great day in front of you.”
“Where did all this come from?”
“I just got through watching a PBS special on positive thinking and breaking up dull, dull, dull routines. I thought of you right away.”
Can we finish this conversation? I have to get to the Y. Today’s my cardio workout.”
“Strike three. You didn’t even see the fastball I zipped past you.”
“De, you’re right. I’m in a rut. I’m riding in the fast lane to Dullsville. I’ve got to break its grip on me.”
“You’ve already rented a room at the Motel Dullsville, Ray. Let’s bust out of here.”
“How, De? How?”
“I’m glad you asked. You’ll have to wait until next week, that’s when part two of the PBS special is scheduled.”
“I’m out of here. I’ve got a cardio class.”
It’s easy to get trapped in routines. They’re comfortable. They tell us what to expect. Not too much effort is required once we’ve practiced them. Yet, they stifle growth. Every once in a while it’s good to take stock of the routines/habits we have and make a few changes. The changes will sharpen our thinking, give us a new perspective, and might even teach something new.