Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 2

I'm celebrating this week in honor of my newly-released collection of original quotes, poetry, and short stories.  Part of "Slaying Dragons Week" includes sharing a daily quote from the book as well as a bit of trivia relating to the making of it. Here is the quote for today:  

"My soul, I’ve found, has puppet strings
to make me droop or give me wings.
And music is the puppeteer
that turns my ear to hear.

Did you know that every quote, poem, and story in this book was based on events and experiences in my own life? I suppose you could call it a journal of sorts, filled with personal insights as well as lessons learned.  Most of the motivational quotes were written for me as encouragement to keep climbing towards my goals.  Every entry has a personal story that inspired it. 

For example, the poem above was written after I had gone for weeks without listening to music.  Having much to think about, I had made my drives in silence and carried out my chores without what I felt was noise distraction.  And then one day in the car, I turned on my music.  I had such an intense emotional reaction to the music, it changed my mood entirely.  I felt lighter, less burdened with cares.  I felt happier than I had for weeks.  It hit me how powerful music is in swaying our moods, even effecting us physically.  I began again to listen to the kind of music that put a smile on my face and a hop in my step.  From this experience, the above poem developed.

So remember, when you read Slaying Dragons there is more behind the words than you know.

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