Project Spirit Journal: Smile

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A random act of kindness does more good than you could possibly imagine.

Always listen to a smiling beaver.

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Today’s challenge: Carry out at least one random act of kindness today. Tell us about it in the comments below.

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c.b.w. 2012

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Project Spirit Journal: Life

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How we choose to approach the question will always be more important than the answer.

I’ll always trust a winking owl.

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What aspect of life will always be a mystery?

For me, the practice of pessimism has never made any sense.

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c.b.w. 2012

Wreck This Journal: Two Roads

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Throughout Wreck This Journal there are a number of blank pages that serve as spaces for random creativity. While working on a collage for another project, I came across some advertisements in a magazine that inspired my muse to fill one of those pages.

Give me a dirt road and I shall happily travel.

The tree root backdrop came from a National Geographic Traveler, while the letters on this page came from an ad for a car (I think). I simply cut out and rearranged the letters until I got a phrase that made sense.  Then, I finished the thought along the right edge.  I must have had Robert Frost on the brain when I filled this page as it alludes to one of my favorite quotes:

Two roads diverge in a wood and I –

I took the one less traveled by

And that has made all the difference

Recently, I met with a friend who asked me an interesting question about how I came to be confident in who I am (including the weirdness). ¬†Her question took me by surprise and I wasn’t sure how to answer it until I came across the above page in my journal.

The truth is I’ve never considered myself to be an overtly confident person, but rather accepting and content with who I am. I’ve always been a little different and I’ve always embraced the idea of walking a different path. ¬†Even as a child, I knew I didn’t want to blend into the group. ¬†I can distinctly remember thinking how boring it would be if everyone was the same.¬†Perhaps, my “confidence” stems from never being afraid of exploring the unpaved path or one which has no footprints. ¬†After all, the grandest adventures come from daring to go where no one has gone before, (Star Trek wisdom rocks).

Of course, spending a large part of my childhood in the depths of the Northwoods also might have something to do with my attraction to unpaved roads.

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Stay inspired!

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Don’t forget to cast your vote in Poetry Poll #1. So far, “Force of Nature” has the lead, while “The Guardians” is in second. ¬†Thanks so much for your participation!

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c.b.w. 2012