Grateful Hearts

“A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.” Ancient Proverb

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” Celia Thaxter

It’s definitely a misty morning outside my door, but inside, a soft summer breeze is blowing in my grateful heart.

First, I’m looking forward to working on a piece of writing that matters to me. It has exciting possibilities, but it’s not there yet. But I have an idea for making it better and I’m excited about getting my changes down on paper and seeing how they play out. I’m feeling a sense of adventure — I’m not sure what I’ll end up with, but I’ve come up with some ideas and I can’t wait to see if they work.

I feel so grateful to be doing work that I love — that excites and energizes me and keeps me growing and going.

And second, I began my morning by thinking about all the people who’ve been helping me with my writing projects. All the people who’ve encouraged me and lifted me up. All the people who’ve given me new ideas and helped me think in fresh ways about my stories. I think of all these helpers as my writing angels. Sometimes, when I feel stuck, I feel them hovering around me invisibly, sending me strength.

And third, I’ve been thinking about all the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead in the coming year: All the projects I have sitting in drawers and on my computer that I’m eager to finish. All the new ideas that might come to me. All the potential for reaching and touching readers that my finished work holds. All the joy that anticipation brings.

A grateful heart — what a gift it is! When we begin our day with a grateful heart, the whole world lies before us. It may be a misty morning outside, but we feel light and summery within. We feel open and alive. We feel happy to set our hand to the day’s work.

Why not start our days by spending a few moments giving heartfelt thanks for all the gifts we’ve been given as creatives and writers: the chance to build castles and kingdoms out of the air; the chance to share what we’ve learned; the chance to entertain and inspire.

A relaxed mind is a creative mind. And a grateful heart is an abundant heart. What better place can there be to create from as we all write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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4 Responses to Grateful Hearts

  1. Patricia Carrigan says:

    Everyday I have a grateful heart for KWD, dear friend. All the encouragement your blog provides is a wondrous way to start this writer’s day. All the advice, the little tips to get me through a piece, and as you say, the excitement of loving the task we’ve chosen, how we eventually greet our characters with fondness each day. My grateful heart is how your blog makes me plod on when I didn’t want to the night before. KWD is there each day, sometimes written at an ungodly hour of the night or early morning by you. Thank you Karin for all you put into the blog to help us through.

    • Dear Pat,

      How my heart lifted when I read your beautiful and encouraging words! How grateful I am to you for letting me know how much KWD means to you and how it helps you with your writing. To know this is deeply fulfilling to me — thank you! Kind words like yours are what keep me going and sharing through KWD. They make my missions worthwhile. It makes me feel so happy and inspired to know that in sharing ideas and tips and my love of writing I am helping you on your writing path. You have so much to say — and you say it so well!

      Write on,

  2. Bing Chang says:

    A grateful heart elicits a creative mind.
    A humble mind unlocks wisdom you find.
    An abundant heart unleashes flared passion.
    An unburdened mind reaps fruitful innovation.

  3. Dear Bing,

    This is such a beautiful meditation on creativity! Thank you so much for sharing it!
    I am always amazed at how you can capture a moment of inspiration in a few
    Artfully crafted words. I love your work. You are truly a poet of the heart!

    Write on,

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