Sunday, January 18, 2009

Question of the Day #74

I'm thinking about running away to Rome. Why not? I can write anywhere, right?

I casually threw out this idea during my last meeting with my critique group. The other writers cheered at the idea. I waved it away, saying I wasn't really serious. Just a crazy idea.

Then as we walked to our cars, J put her hand on my arm and said, "You know Suzanne, the only things I regret are the things I said 'no' to."

What are some recent words of wisdom that you can't get out of your head?



  1. Go watch Under the Tuscan Sun, then don't even pause as you pack your bag and head off for Italy.

    The wife and I are talking about the UK, Canada, maybe a few other places. And just when things are getting interesting here in the States.

  2. What? Only one response on this one so far? I was looking forward to reading everyone else's advice.

  3. No answers to the wisdom question so far? Okay, so I don't know if I have any that I can't necessarily get out of my head but let's see what I can come up with. For starters I think that fake it till you make it is pretty good advice in many circumstances. I also like when in doubt don't. My husband always tells me that when I'm unsure if something in the fridge is still edible. Way back when I used to dabble in Al Anon I remember this woman standing up and sharing her version of the serenity prayer. God give me the grace to keep my tongue in my face. I still giggle when I think of that one. It's excellent advice and it's amusing. And lastly, I once read a book with the following in it which I really liked. It was also back in my al-anon days.

    Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

    I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the side walk.
    I fall in.
    I am lost...I am helpless
    It isn't my fault.
    It takes forever to find a way out.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don't see it.
    I fall in again.
    I can't believe I am in the same place
    but, it isn't my fault.
    It still takes a long time to get out.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there.
    I fall's a habit.
    my eyes are open.
    I know where I am.
    It is my fault.
    I get out immediately.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.

    I walk down another street.

  4. Wow, Sudabaki. That's powerful. Thank you.

  5. You NEED to go off to Rome. I haven't lost my fantasy about leaving this all and becoming a bartender in Aruba...

    Best wisdom I've heard lately: "You don't get a better view in heaven if you're a Vice President than if you were a kitchen helper." Translated: Stop working unhealthily hard because it doesn't get you much other than stress and grief. :-)

  6. It's not a recent one, but it's one I always think of, "Acknowlege. Move on."


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