The Advantages of Becoming a Fear Hacker – Daily Quote

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I confront fear every morning. No, I am not an undercover, special agent or a fugitive fleeing from the authorities, I am an ordinary, everyday fear hacker. Back in the caveman days, that sensation in the pit of our stomachs evolved to keep us safe. But I haven’t seen any saber-tooth tiger roaming suburbia lately. So instead of pulling the covers over my head, I invite it in for a conversation.

By doing so, I have discovered fear’s virtues. This feeling lets me know I am alive. It is a motivator. It focuses my thoughts and grounds me in the present. Inside of fear lives instinct and intuition, two keys to helping me make quick decisions and get my work done faster. Doing scary things means I am on the right path. Coming to terms with fear has made it my greatest assets and best ally.

How can you become a fear hacker?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Nurturing Reasoning – Daily Quote

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The image above is “The School of Athens” (Scuola di Athene) a fresco created by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) which is part of the four Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello) in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Raphael’s Rooms are the Sala di Costantino (Hall of Constantine), the Stanza di Eliodoro (Room of Heliodorus), the Stanza della Segnatura (Room of the Signatura) and the Stanza dell’ Incendio del Borgo (The Room of the Fire in the Borgo)’

The first room Raphael started was the Stanza della Segnatura, and “The School of Athens” was the third wall completed. Depicting Philosophy, “The School of Athens” is one of Raphael’s masterpiece. Raphael was not specific on the identity of the figures he portrayed and left many insisting he painted the likenesses of some of his contemporaries.  The philosophers (above) include Plato or Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle or Giuliano da Sangallo in the center. Sprawled on the steps, the figure depicts Diogenes of Sinope or Socrates. While the character leaning against the cube is perhaps Heraclitus or Michelangelo.

I have stood before this fresco several times and contemplated many ideas. I read and research and digested opinions, theories, and speculations. Pratchett is correct, examining how you think gives you a conviction which influences everything you do. I notice the certainty of my thoughts appearing unbidden in my work.

What have you analyzed and how has it impacted your writing?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Defining Success by Following the Shifting Sands – Daily Quote

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Sand dunes are shaped by the wind. When tiny grains of sand encounter an obstacle, they build one upon the other rising to astounding heights. Success dances along the shifting line delineating the dune’s windward side and its slip face. Stability on a dune is nonexistent. Gales relentlessly pound, driving sand, forcing it to the top where it slides or rolls down the opposite surface.

Achieving our targets are often just as elusive. We believe we are on the right path, the one guaranteed to bring us what we desire. But the terrain changes, the wind changes, we change. Our goals don’t have to remain static, instead, as we evolve, they can morph and develop. The choice lies in our interpretation.

What is your definition of success?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Lacking Singing Talent, Here’s Why I Won’t Stop – Daily Quote

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Trust me, you never want to hear me singing. The phrase ‘can’t carry a tune in a bucket applies.’ While I love music, the only time I allow myself to sing and dance is while I do my chores. I have a strict prerequisite of an empty house, and the volume cranked to ear-splitting decibels. I accomplish my work at a breakneck pace and creativity spurs me to return to my desk.

My real joy is composing as I listen to my favorite tunes. The rhythms keep words flowing and my fingers typing. It is very productive and dreamy. Though in my daydreams, instead of riding on a garbage truck, I prefer flying through town on a fire engine destined to save a cat from a tree.

Does your writing let your voice sing?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Finding Your Adrenaline Rush in Reflection – Daily Quote

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Sometimes we need to stop, to move forward. It’s difficult to do in our results-driven, 24/7/365, what have you done from me lately society. Our current culture makes it even more imperative to pause, reflect and indulge in thoughtful consideration. Rushing headlong into activities provides an adrenaline rush which confirms our existence. It can also be a potential disaster, which changes our lives in unexpected ways.

I am addicted to the thrill of living. Experiencing the highs and lows lurking around every corner is my fuel. I love incorporating these small moments into my writing. I find they are often pivot points which direct and predict our future. By stopping to consider the possibilities, we grant ourselves the luxury of making conscious judgment calls. We put ourselves in control. We determine our trajectory based on thousands of tiny decisions, minor course corrections that place us on a specific path. This is where the true fun lies.

How will today’s decisions shape your destiny?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

A Flag Waving Birthday – Daily Quote

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Flag Day, June 14th is a special day as it is also my grandmother’s birthday. When I was small, we had little flags to wave around on her birthday. Sometimes there was a picnic at the lake complete with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, an array of salads, freshly baked pies and lots of family members. They charged the kids with chasing paper plates the breeze launched from the tables like frisbees and waving our flags.

Giving small flags to school children has a long tradition. The Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. Starting in 1885 a schoolteacher Fredonia, Wisconsin, named BJ Cigrand, arranged for his students to observe the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes. He called it ‘Flag Birthday’. It took three decades of state and local celebrations before President Woodrow Wilson issued an official proclamation recognizing the day. It would require another three decades for President Truman to sign an Act of Congress designating June 14th as National Flag Day.

How will you celebrate Flag Day?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

How to Experience Harrowing Adventures Without Risk – Daily Quote

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Through the course of my life I have been call lots of names, a brainiac, bright, an Einstein, sharp as a tack, a smart cookie, and a whiz. No one has ever willingly called on me to be part of a team sport. Coordination is not my forte. My first black eye resulted from attempting to catch a ball tossed underhanded to me. Roller skating left my fingernails embedded in walls and claw marks on my brother’s arm as I tumbled to the floor. I have fallen while walking upstairs and tripped over my shadow. The greatest danger books presented was a paper cut. So much safer.

Books let me experience feats I could never dream of accomplishing. I have battled dragons, won foot races escaping from evil pursuers, and climbed trees with nimble ease. For years I lived on a prairie, I discovered the sidewalk’s end and delivered packages while flying on my witch’s broom. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

What are your favorite summer reads?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

How Desperately Do You Desire Amazing Results – Daily Quote

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We hear people tell us great achievement emanates from a big dream. Visualize your heart’s desire and attraction brings it to you. Success requires more than good thoughts. You can imagine you have six-pack abs, but they won’t materialize unless you commit to doing the reps. Completing a regular exercise regime guarantee results. Many individuals say they wish to become a writer. You must determine how desperately you crave the title of author. You must want to write.

The daily work is difficult. No one is born a master of their field. Practice, patience, perseverance and dogged determination are required to get through the learning curve. Mastery can be a long journey. Every day we decide whether we keep going or if we quit. For me quitting is not an option.

How desperate are you?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Balancing Summer Schedules With Writing – Daily Quote

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The thought of spending six hours a day writing sounds like a wonderful indulgence. Summer schedules change and it is impossible to ignore family picnics, concerts, festivals and chasing fireflies in the yard as the dusk falls. A good night’s sleep and the long summer days repeat.

Time to write is at a premium. Creating moments to compose stories instead of allocating hours, becomes a tall order. Early mornings before the house wakes, nap times, lunch breaks, or dictating while you drive may help. Burning the midnight oil, or claiming a weekend retreat at a coffee shop are other options.

How do you fit writing into your schedule?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Hard Work of Overcoming Monday Blues – Daily Quote

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It is easy to succumb to Monday morning drudgery and fall into the trap of negative emotions. There are countless psychological and neurological studies supporting the assertion that your current emotional state has a huge effect on your performance. Monday’s return to work dread can make you less productive, less motivated, less creative, less engaged and leaves you depressed, tired and feeling hopeless.

If your job is meaningful, looking forward to Monday is easier. Finding a career you are passionate about, means each new week is an opportunity to do what you love. Even if you wouldn’t trade your business for anything else, you can still face difficulties that test your resolve. Clarify the items that are bothering you and take corrective actions helps you maintain control. It may be as simple as preparing for Monday before you leave on Friday, getting organized, or addressing your most stress-inducing task first. Of course, a cup of coffee couldn’t hurt.

How will you make your transition from weekend to work week easier?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer