Everybody walks past 1,000 ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. ~ Carson Scott Card
Writers and journalers often find themselves staring at a blank page wondering where to begin. Sometimes, it helps to jot down thoughts when things happen. They don’t have to be fully formed, or have a nice-wrapped-in-a-bow conclusion of deepiosity.
Sometimes it’s good to simply jot down the ideas you walk by during your day.
Here are a few I walked by today:
- Two different experiences with cashiers at two different stores in the stretch of about an hour: The woman at the Wine Library was smiling and bouncing to the music piped in the store. The woman at Shop-Rite barely looked at me, grunted (no joke, she really grunted) in response to my Hi, how are you? and looked perturbed as I fished in my wallet for change. The contrast was incredible. I wonder why people act cranky when it’s so much easier – and people tend to respond generously – when you lead with lightness. (and yeah, you can lead from behind a cash register … )
- Commercials about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups make me want Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups even when I don’t really want Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Effective advertising is fascinating. (i did not succumb to said effective and fascinating advertising …)
- People can get really passionate when talking about their coffee preferences. (me? dunkin donuts … and yes, i buy the beans and grind them at home …)
- When I have a song stuck in my head Mairzy Doats can make it go away. It worked today. (and don’t ask what was stuck in my head or it might come back … marizy doats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy …)
- Christmas-themed advertising began before Halloween again this year. On the upside, I’ve seen a few mentions on social media about “giving the gift of concern/compassion” by buying hand-made crafts, supporting local businesses, and gifting local services to keep dollars local. I could get behind that.
- Had a work-related colleague take something personally that wasn’t really about them today. Watching this person lash out with frustration and helplessness was hard for me to be with. I noticed how my natural inclination is often to take it on, and feel bad – as though I have to fix it (even when i know it wasn’t my “fault,” or mine to fix). I wonder if this is a woman thing. (or a codependent thing? both?)