The Stories I Tell ~ from The Word Cellar

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I love stories. I'm the one at social functions with a dozen new anecdotes. But I worry about hogging the conversation. Sometimes I tell myself that I'll be quiet and let others do the talking. But no matter how hard I try, my stories insist on bursting out! Here I can let my stories (the classics that I tell again and again, as well as new ones that unfold along the way) run free. I'm a professional writer and editor, and sole proprietor of The Word Cellar. I write for a variety of publications and clients on everything from green buildings and nuclear reactors to entrepreneurship and the arts. If you need words written, edited, or enlivened, I can help. Contact me.


Inspiration for the Masses

I'm not usually a fan of motivational speakers or the quotes they throw around, and I've never gotten into the infamous Stephen Covey of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People fame. (Not to be confused with Kip Winger of Winger fame.) I've heard good things about Mr. Covey. But like I said, I'm not so much into that whole self-improvement genre.

But today I read a quote that struck me as interesting, true, and yes, even a little bit inspirational. Of course, it could be because my mind has turned to Jell-O [wiggle when you jiggle it] after six days of good old fashioned headaches and these new-fangled (suspected) migraines. You be the judge:

"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage -- pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically -- to say 'no' to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the good.'" -- Stephen Covey

Feel inspired?

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Anonymous Jess said...

I don't know...Covey doesn't inspire me nearly as much as Kip Winger.
Here are some of his best lyrics (in my humble opinion):

Believe in me
Like vampire bait
So naive
Only the monster sees
Your dragon fly
Must be a sign

Some saving grace
Why so affected
Body ache
My mistake

Sure was a wildflower
Still living on
Sixth sense and ten cents
Sure was a wildflower

It's raining in Peru
And I wake up screaming
Cause I can't let go
In my anger
Hey girl
It's light out already

See what I mean? I'm ready to go out and conquer the world!

9/13/2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Sixth sense and ten cents, indeed. Sixth sense and ten cents.

9/13/2006 7:49 PM  

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