Thursday, August 12, 2010

** This 'n That on a Thursday Night **

A little of this and a little of that.

Don't forget to comment or ask Margaret a question on today's earlier blog post. They can be left until midnight tomorrow night. (Friday, August 13th) One person will win a PDF copy of Margaret's book, by random drawing. From the portion of the book that I've read so far, it's definitely a page turner. If you don't win the free copy, let's help Margaret as much as possible by either passing the word around and/or buying the book! Thanks to all participating, and hopefully y'all will support me when my book comes out!

When I wrote about my dad yesterday on his birthday, I felt a little guilty that I hadn't written much about my mom on her birthday which was just last week. Unfortunately, it was the same day as another scary day concerning Scott's health, and also my frustrating ranting about AOL and my e-mail problems. Sorry, Mom! I'll post more about her this weekend.

I want to apologize for not getting around to all the blogs I usually read and comment on. I don't know where the time goes, but somehow I'm losing it! more ways than one! Please know I try and I certainly do not forget about any of you. You're all always in my thoughts.

While driving to my see my chiropractor today.....yes, my back is a lot better, but not totally 100% yet....I happened to hear the end of a radio interview on NPR with legendary long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad. The host was taking phone calls and somewhere in the conversation, Diana talked about the word "Commitment"....about how important it is in life to actually "commit" to something significant, whether it's swimming a long distance, finishing the task of writing a book (yeah, she had just spoken to a woman in her 50's and I missed that part!), or being the kind of parent that is devoted to raising their children. I had one of those light-bulb moments. While I drove, I grabbed my ever present pen and notepad and scribbled the word Commitment. At the stop light, I added: A commitment to my writing -- to finishing my book. It's not as if I haven't been committed to completing my book, but hearing those words from someone else, and in the way Diana said was magical. I can't express how wonderful I feel and how much I've written this evening.

One of my favorite musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, has one of my favorite songs, Tradition. I am now singing it, replacing Tradtion with Commitment!!

"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work. " -- Oprah Winfrey


  1. Oh, I have tons of great my head. It's the follow-thru that gets me. I'm a very lazy girl.

  2. A big yes on the commitment point, and Oprah is 100% right. You can succeed if you are prepared to stick with it and work hard!

  3. Great post! Commitment is a huge word! I have moved into another phase of my life and I'm looking for my next passion and commitment. What will I do next?

  4. motivation, commitment, follow through, why don;t they all show up at the same time?

  5. Wonderful post, Becky. I'm the same - sometimes, time just melts away and I have no idea where it's gone. The quote was marvellous too, very inspiring :)

  6. You are so right! You need to be committed to the things you really want.

  7. Sometimes I think it's a tug-of-war. There are so many commitments vying for our attention. Which one will I pick today?

  8. It's good to get that extra nudge of motivation, isn't it. :D I hope your back continues to feel better, Becky and that you have a nice weekend.

  9. I love that Fiddler on the Roof music. And I can just imagine you singing "Commitment" to yourself!


  10. Wonderful post, Becky. Although sometimes I think my problem is being committed to too many things at once!

  11. Hi June! Yes, the follow through is really difficult! You can do it, though! You're such a talented writer!

    Hi Ellie! Thank you! So true!

    Hi Linda! How fun to have new joys on your horizon!

    Hi "other" Linda! Oh's hard to have them all together, isn't it?

    Hi Sam! Thanks! I'm so happy to hear when someone likes my quotes enough to mention them!

    Hi Janel! Yes, it's hard to do.

    Hi K9 Pat! I know..which ever one has the biggest commitment at that moment, I guess?

    Hi Daisy! Thank you and your wishes came true. My back is much better and I'm having a great weekend!

    Hi Sue! Yeah, who cannot like Fiddler music?? And I don't just sing in my head! Oh no, I sing loud!

    Hi Tammy! Thanks! And yeah, I guess it's deciding which commitment is the most important. Hard to decide sometimes.


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