I am going through old and treasured books in my home when I come across one called “Idea Catcher” that I’d purchased in Carmel, Calif. in 1997. It’s actually a journal and at the top of each page is a writing prompt – a simple quote or a suggested exercise meant to spur the imagination.
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This one belongs to actor Matthew McConaughey and his much-discussed acceptance speech at the Academy Awards when he won for Best Actor.
Back in 2002 when I trained to be a professional coach, one of the things stressed in the program was the importance of being coached ourselves on a regular basis. If the idea is that we in this profession are often taking smart, hardworking people to another level, why wouldn’t we want that for ourselves?
As snow piles up along our streets and the temperatures hover in the teens, it begins to look like tiny pieces of glass are twinkling on the white drifts lighting our path along the sidewalk. It sounds pretty, I know, but I’ve passed the point this winter where I appreciate its aesthetic allure.
Last summer I met a woman 20 years my senior in my local café. I was admiring a quote I found inspiring that was hanging on the wall and she became fascinated with it as well. We struck up a conversation and now we occasionally run into each other there. In most cases we while away hours sitting in a booth.
John Gervase had a simple retirement goal – that he and his wife, Kathy, be financially comfortable and have freedom. He never imagined achieving that goal would involve an Airstream and furnishing books to under-served children.
Back in the 1990s I visited the United Kingdom with some friends. We were on an organized bus tour and one of our quick stops was Grasmere. While the majority of my fellow tourists made a beeline for Beatrix Potter’s cottage, I strode with purpose to the home of poet William Wordsworth.
I walk into the locker room at the gym after a particularly sweaty and exhilarating workout. Because there’s still music pumping into my ear buds I don’t even realize the “ahhhhhhhh” I let out as I enter the room is loud enough to get the attention of a woman getting ready to work out.