Wonderful Words: The Well-Lived Life

Wonderful Words: Living Well, Debby Zigenis-Lowery's Literate LivesI love words, love our wonderful language, and love when people employ them both well. This spring included many trials. Here are a few of the quotes I collected that inspired me to not only live this season, but to live it well.

A laugh a day puts wrinkles in the right places.
~Liz Curtis Higgs, a chapter title from Only Angels Can Wing It

 I am ever grateful to Liz Curtis Higgs. Both her fiction and nonfiction never cease to inspire me.

 There are things in life you’re not in charge of, but you are in charge of you. When you accept that, your brain changes. And every time your brain changes, you grow.
~ Michael Fitzgerald, high school teacher, Edutopia

My favorite part of my master’s level, Education Psychology class was being introduced to brain-based practices for learning. Information about how our marvelous brains, thanks to neuroplasticity, continue to learn and change throughout our lives both inspires me as a teacher and gives me hope as a human being.

The long-lasting fulfillment we desire comes from living a life of purpose, meaning, compassion, and altruism. It comes from being there for others, helping where we can, loving one another despite our differences, and making others smile. Yes, follow your ambitions, dreams, and professional goals…. They can bring great satisfaction and even meaning. But remember what also leads to your deepest happiness…. A life well lived is a life in which you have shared an abundance of love, and…the greatest aspiration to have is to be a wonderful person for someone else.
~Emma Seppala, Ph.d, Psychology Today

In a season of contemplating my own mortality, this really spoke to my heart. I love, reading, writing, crafting, drawing…, but even more, I love investing in the lives of the people God gave me to love. It is with great joy that I recover my strength and with delight that I contemplate new ways of living and loving well.

Your Turn

Do any of the quotes prompt thinking on your part? Or is there a quote about life and living that you savor? Please, share using the comment box. Let’s encourage one another!

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Favorite E-Reads of the Month: June 2017

With the advent of blogs, I have slowly shifted my magazine reading to what I call E-reading. A perfect morning starts with a poor-man’s-mocha, a chapter of the Bible, and E-reading–reading posts from the blogs I follow. Many I read and then pin on my Pinterest boards, and some I read and delete. But this month it occurred to me: shouldn’t I share some of my favorites with you?

Hence…

Favorite E-Reads for the Month of June 2017

Here are links to the posts that really stuck with me this month:

  1. Is Self-Compassion More Important than Self-Esteem? by Stephen C. Hayes, Ph.D., on Psychology Today
  2. How to Cultivate More Self Compassion: Learning to be Kind to Yourself by Allison Abrams, LCSW-R, also on Psychology Today
  3. 10 Ways to Switch Up Your Sentences by Chris Winkle, on Mythcreants: Fantasy and Science Fiction for Storytellers
  4. Four Functions of Amazing Opening Lines, also by Chris Winkle, on Mythcreants: Fantasy and Science Fiction for Storytellers
  5. How Writing can Assist Sufferers of Mental Illness  by Cassandra Hawkings, on C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive
  6. Worldbuilding Demystified by Becca Puglisi, on Writers Helping Writers
  7. 5 Ways to Use Meyers-Briggs for Characters by K.M. Weiland, on Helping Writers Become Authors
  8. What Exactly Does Facebook “Friend” Mean? The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly by Kristen Lamb, on Kristen Lamb: Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi
  9. Heartened by Wonder Woman–The Case for Sincere Storytelling by Vaughn Roycroft, on Writer Unboxed
  10. Plot vs. Heart by Donald Maass,  on  Writer Unboxed

As you can see, they cover a range of topics.

The Self-Compassion articles really grabbed me because I am coming out of a “Debby can’t do anything right” period of thinking. It is a comforting topic, but moreover, it is also complements the Growth Mindset training which has been sweeping our school district for the past two years.

Mythcreants is my favorite blog for building fantasy writing skills. I love almost everything I read there.

Writer Unboxed has been a favorite general writing site for many years, and this month I was privileged to be able to hear Donald Maass teach on the same topic–getting more emotion into our fiction. He is an amazing teacher!

All these writers are amazing and enrich my life.

Happy Reading!

P.S. What is your favorite blog, or a favorite post you’ve read recently? Please use the comments space below to respond.