2.09.2008

Fabulous Saturday morning inspiration

Well, I just finished my morning blog surfing and I just have to share a few things with you.

First, there's spit-fire, two time published author Melissa, railing against stupid mofos who insist on telling her she cannot make it as a writer in Portland. I agree with her: Who says that? Obviously envious, insecure, mean-spirited folks say that. In her post she points us to an interview with Ariel Gore on Bookslut.com. I have to admit I'd never heard of Ms. Gore before, and that's okay, there are thousands of wonderful people I've never heard of. But thanks to blogging and surfing the web, I'm finding out about many of them and enjoying the hell of it. I'm grateful for the pointers from other bloggers to other blogs or sites or whatevs (little nod to Melissa). The interview with Ms. Gore was inspirational. It reminded me of my youthful self-confidence, promises I made to myself, and the fearlessness that one must have to survive, nay, not just survive, but flourish, thrive, blossom. The words were from Ariel, about Ariel, but I saw Melissa there as well.

I usually stop in at FakePlasticFish to see what's up with Beth, what progress she's making in eliminating plastic from her life, what new tips she has for the rest of us. I invite you to read Giving up the struggle: stories of ants and cats and hair products gone awry. I found my muscles relaxing, my breathing grew calmer. Whew. I needed that. And she throws in a great book recommendation as well. Don't be misled by the title, she has not given up her purpose to rid herself of unnecessary plastic, but, like any good introspective human, she acknowledges that there are layers of the onion. That is, the battle is waged in diverse ways. This is something I sorely need to keep in my wee brain. There are no absolutes, there is no black or white. We do what we can do. And we must treasure each other more than we must assert ourselves over each other.

Enjoy. Be inspired. Put your thinking cap on. Go for it. Join the race. Live large.

You go girl!

4 comments:

melissa lion said...

Thanks for the shout out. I want to emphasize that yes people say this to me, but I had a few days of saying it to myself too and my rant on my blog was as much to silence the voices outside my brain as those inside.

I'd like to share with everyone one of Pamela Anderson's mantras -- Shut the fuck up! Shut the fuck up! Yes, that Pamela Anderson. This is a great mantra for many situations in life, and one to remember. I've been playing it very loudly lately. It feels better once you've sat there while the naysayers have their say. Really, why do people feel the need to share their doomsday predictions? I need to stop giving all the negative people (including my inner-voices) so much energy. See them, nod, and keep on going. Whatevs!

Cathy Mullins said...

Melissa, I understand, certainly I have my share of internal voices that need to be told to shut the fuck up. I mean it, SHUT THE FUCK UP. Ahh, that's better. And yes, see them, nod, keep on going. yes.

We love you and we particularly love you loving you.

Slayde said...

Thanks for pointing to the Ariel Gore interview - I finally had a chance to check it out and it is fantastic! Such a good reminder to just go for it, whatever IT is.

Cathy Mullins said...

Slayde, hey, good to hear from you again! yes, I agree, I never tire of that message.