Two things came together today.
First there’s Colleen Chesebro at Silver Threading and her Writer’s Quote Wednesday Prompt. I’ve been reading these for a while and there are some quotes that make me smile and some to which I nod my head in agreement.
What is it about quotes? The encapsulation of a nugget in a few well chosen words; something we wish we’d said or written? Some people don’t like them, see them as overblown, a bit like their own cliché. I’ve always enjoyed them though not as many stick as I would like.
Second there was a brief telephone lesson in how to add text to a picture, courtesy of Ms Sacha Black over a Writespiration. Sacha always starts her posts with these fab pictures onto which she’s overlayed some pithy text. Her parting words to me were along the lines of ‘if I can
waste spend my time teaching you, the least you can do is give it a try’.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 –October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was “Solitude”, which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone”.
As with so many good things his originated from my father, not the world’s most committed optimist. Unlike my mother, who couldn’t be stand the energy drain of dealing with moaners and miserablists.
I’m of Mum’s school and while the quote seems harsh on one level I’ve always enjoyed it as meaning that if you are happy that will in turn make others happy. You can only change the world one laugh at a time.