“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When I read the prompt from the Daily post page about non-exercise activities we wished would keep us fit, I had to chuckle. I’m sure many of us have read those silly scam ads that promise to help us lose weight while we sleep and, hey, we all wish certain things would happen with the snap of a finger. What I liked about the prompt is that it got our creative juices flowing and many of my fellow bloggers left their ideas in the forum. I have listed them below in three groupings… Come back later for more commentary from me. Updated below. 😉
Another thing this exercise got me thinking about is Erica’s post on finding a cure for writer’s block, and you know, the list here helps. That and a little prayer can go a long way. Of course, we know wishful thinking isn’t enough… We still have to move our feet and do the work. But on those days when nothing shows up, a bit of creative fun helps.
From the suggestions I noted, the top three below confirmed that sleeping ruled, followed by sitting to type/write and, of course, eating. I thought daydreaming would top the chart but, between sleeping and blogging, we covered a lot of ground. 🙂 Yeah, in case you’re wondering, I listed the number of times I read a particular suggestion/idea… It does read like a repetitive poem or the lyrics to a bad song. Doesn’t it? Hmmm, procrastinating or maybe research should be on the list. LOL! Below, in three takes/groupings, is a breakdown of what my fellow bloggers offered Scott as a keep-fit-without-exercise-wish.
Sleeping. Sleeping. Sleeping. Napping. SLEEPING. SLEEPING. Sleeping.
Sitting at my computer. Typing. Sitting at the computer. Typing. Sitting at the computer. Sitting at my computer.
Eating! Eating. Eating. Eating. Eating. Eating.
Riding the back of a motorcycle. Biking. Riding on the back of a Harley Davidson. Biking.
Daydreaming. Daydreaming. Daydreaming.
“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”Miguel de Cervantes
The next batch included related wishes that were suggested fewer times. I had imagined these would top the list but… they didn’t. Reading, writing and blogging do go hand in hand and I suppose because we do it daily, it was an obvious choice. I presume many wanted to suggest something original or humorous. Another interesting point in this grouping is the association of drinking with writing and reading… We all know of famous authors who drank a lot but I wonder if the drinking came before or after a creative burst of activity… What do you think? Hmmm 🙂
Reading. Reading. Reading.
“Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.” Henri Frederic Amiel
The final grouping below are the one offs; the lone ranger suggestions that also made me smile and say – why didn’t I or others think of this one. Me likes them… very much. As you can see, a simple fun exercise became fodder for a blog post and that is the mystical way creativity can show up. Don’t discount fun and play as they are great writing resources; the same goes for sticking to it and following your muse to the next great screenplay. If you haven’t done so, play this activities wish game and please read the New Yorker post via Erica’s screenwriter’s cure. Both are … brilliant!
Playing Video Games
Listening to music
On a final note, I added the following to the collection: What others would you suggest? Breathing… 😉 Bathing. Talking. Driving. Thinking. Praying. Yep, a little prayer can definitely go a long way to getting us fit and creative. 🙂
What other things do you think would be a great addition to the list? What are your thoughts?
Positive Motivation Tip: Wishful thinking can lead to careful action and positive results if we move our feet and follow our wishes.
- When wishes come true! (smritidixit.wordpress.com)
- ICAN turns a young man’s “wishful thinking” into reality (rakcommunity.wordpress.com)
- Exercise for Everyone (everydayhealth.com)
- Through the Woods: Some Thoughts on Wishing (alwayscoffee.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Pink Rose Butterfly via Wikipedia Pink Rose via Wikipedia Sleeping kitten via Wikipedia Sittingboy via Wikipedia, Daydreaming via Wikipedia, Prayer Hall via Wikipedia, Quotes via Brainyquotes.com