How to save your own life.
April 26, 2012, 2:27 am
Filed under: Writing

Do you ever feel like a cartoon character in the moment where the proverbial light bulb shines over your head? It’s the cliché of an uplifting ah-ha! moment or an alternative to a less sunny “duh” realization where you smack the base of your hand against your forehead as if you’re trying to drill the fleeting thought home for good.

In life and in our habits we vacillate between remembering and forgetting, but it’s the practice that keeps us going. This is just some light rambling after a writing workshop I attended tonight at the local library. Below is some advice suggested in a handout from the teacher.

How to save your own life by Erica Jong

Renounce useless guilt.

Don’t make a cult of suffering.

Live in the now (or at least the soon.)

Always do the things you fear the most; courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.

Trust all joy.

If the evil eye fixes you in its gaze, look elsewhere.

Get ready to be eighty-seven!


And I must add a touch of Shakespeare because his words have been in and out of my life during the past nine days delivered through books, unexpected comments from my Grandfather and even trendy quote-filled umbrellas… “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”


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Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your future writings.

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Thanks for reading!

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