2016 Cultivating Gratitude: Grateful for Inspiration

Sparkler    Someone once said the first 50 years are for learning and the next 50 years are for living.  Well, I hope I have learned everything I need because I am on to the living part of my life and I feel inspired.

Retirement came quickly for me – and yet it didn’t.  I, like everyone else, struggled and saved and talked about retirement for years.  And then when it came, it was in a hurry.  This spring I will have been retired for a year and I’m still getting used to it.  I listened to the weather last night before bed and thought about the work-week.  No, I told myself, you don’t have to go to work this week, no matter the weather.  I still have trouble with that concept.  I feel like a slacker sometimes. But by now I should have learned all I need to know to live.

And live I will.  I am inspired, and I have plans for spring.  I have book signings, festivals, workshops, and a myriad of events on the horizon.  Spring is conference season for authors; and with conferences, come contests.  I’ve been working on several things for contests.  I took a 5000-word humorous piece and cut it to 2000 words! Whew!  I hope the story is still there.  I lost a lot of scenes, and a few characters.  But there are limits to contest entries and you must adhere to them.

Conferences and contests are a labor of love.  I’ve learned how to do it, now I will live with the results.  I am grateful for the opportunity to rub shoulders with other writers and their craft.  I network and meet people and it seems the brilliance of their craft rubs off on me.  At least the inspiration rubs off.  I capture their tiny spark and cultivate it.

Learning to capture inspiration wherever you find it is a great way to live – for the next 50 years or however long I have.

How do you capture inspiration?


About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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