Friday, August 21, 2015

Four Icelandic Sayings To Help Writers

Inch Worm
How fast does the inchworm move?

You will reach your destination even though you travel slowly.

I saw the quote above in a newsletter a cardiologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO publishes a few times each year. He always has articles of interest. The feature article in this latest issue revolved around a trip he'd made to Iceland. He included "Notable Icelandic Sayings." Dr. O'Keefe learned that Icelanders live long lives. One thing he attributes the long lifespan to is the Icelandic habit of using saunas. 

If you look at all the Icelandic sayings the doctor shared, you might get a good idea of what other things they adhere to add to a long and healthy life in this country far to our north. Besides the one above, the other three are:

God is with those who persevere.

A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.

There seldom is a single wave. Good luck or bad luck is often followed by more of the same.

Have you figured out where I'm going with this? Yes, I am going to ask you to apply each of the four sayings to your writing life. Read through them again, one at a time. Then take some time to ponder and consider how it figures into your writing life.

You might feel that the last one is a bit defeating, but perhaps not. If you are concerned about the bad luck part---bad luck following bad luck, consider this. It's possible that is true does but it's also possible that you can make it change by adhering to the other three sayings. Of course, if it's good luck following on good luck, do nothing more than rejoice!

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