The other day I was thinking, ‘You know what?  People, umm, OK, fine, I, should consume less and create more.’   Behind the thought was the feeling that consumption is in a way a pretty lazy, self-centered and really distracting exercise, and doesn’t do a thing to advance your presence, or your contribution, in the world.  Creating is more work, but brings far more joy than any amount of things ever could.  And so, for me, it was a simple reminder to make an effort to create whenever I possibly can.

I think its a cool mantra.  It’s no aum or anything, but still…  I promptly tacked the phrase up in my office.

About a day later, curious to see if anyone out on the Internets shared the brilliance of my insight (cough) I tapped my new motto into Google and remarkably (OK maybe not THAT remarkably) found that not only had other folks at some point had the same epiphany, but a talented and like-minded soul from Nebraska actually took the phrase to heart and used it to create a pretty neat quotations site that’s well, pretty neat.   I think that’s what you call serendipity.

By the way, the pic that adorns this post is Flannery O’Connor, and I included it simply because I love her soooo much and because she had such grit, brilliance and tenacity.  This is my favorite picture of her.  I always imagine she’s watching her peacocks, and that I’m in the rocking chair to her right sipping a tall lemonade and not really speaking in that, we’re-so-like-minded-we-don’t-need-to-ruin-it-with-words, kind of way.   Ya I know.

Oh, and here’s my favorite quote by Ms. O’Connor, which I’ve pretty much come to know by heart.  It reminds me to conquer the monsters, of consumption or otherwise, and to just go create something.

“When I sit down to write, a monstrous reader looms up who sits down beside me and continually mutters, ‘I don’t get it, I don’t see it, I don’t want it.’ Some writers can ignore this presence, but I have never learned how.”