"I may wake up tomorrow and realize this is all a big mistake."
I read that line in a book, can't remember when, but I know it was important to me when I read it, because I dog-eared the page. Sometimes when I'm reading a book it's the plot that draws me in, but other times it's the essence of the writing that keeps me mesmerized. Great writing inspires me to do great things in my own life and so when I come across a word, or a sentence that makes me pause, I turn over the corner of the page, so someday I can spend time with those words again. When I finish the book, it goes on my shelf and the next time I'm looking for inspiration or direction, the pages are waiting for me.
It's a little game I play with myself. Every marked page holds a clue to the mystery of "why"? What was so important to me? Was it an idea I wanted to use in a column? "I found patience and fortitude that I didn't know I had." Now that would make a great opening line. Or was it simply the way a sentence made me feel; "There is no point in hurrying because you're not actually going anywhere." Or then there was the time I read, "Fear tends to dampen the imagination." It hit way too close to home, so I marked the page and left it behind for another day.
But sometimes when I return to the page, searching for the words that meant so much to me, I can't find them. The mystery remains unsolved. I guess at the time it was something I needed to hear, but since then I've moved on; "You can reinvent yourself regularly," and so that becomes part of the mystery, too.
"Inspiration is everywhere," on every dog-eared page, or then again, "I may wake up tomorrow and realize this is all a big mistake."
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