Monday, January 10, 2011

Inspiration, Emotion and Other Stuff

Well, here we are, in the Atlanta area, with snow. Again. 2nd time this year. We had snow on Christmas day and now we are in it again. Praying all power stays on and everyone is warm and safe.

I wanted to start with a follow up of Missy's post from last Thursday. She challenged us to find our word.

My word for 2011 is-----devoted. It came to me while I was sitting in church last night. I know what devoted means, but I thought I'd look it up on Of course it steered me to devote.

de·vote /dɪˈvoʊt/ Show Spelled[dih-voht] Show IPA
–verb (used with object), -vot·ed, -vot·ing. give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to reading. appropriate by or as if by a vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate: She devoted her life to god.

I'm thinking the word fits for this year.

So we've talked about evoking emotion many times here on this blog. Recently I've shared some debut novels and novelists with you. Novels I've read and wanted to share with you because I really loved them. Part of the reason I loved them was because they stirred emotion in me.

Emotion can come in many ways, from many sources. I think it was this past summer I shared a snippet of a Taylor Swift song with you. I know I mentioned one of the reasons I like T. Swift is because she writes her own songs. She puts her life into lyrics and she's real. People can relate to her because the things she writes about have happened to all of us.

On her new Cd, Speak Now, there is a song called Last Kiss. Here are the words to the chorus:

But now, I'll go sit on the floor wearing your clothes
All that I know is that I don't know how to be something you miss.
I'd never thought we'd have a last kiss
Never imagined we'd end like this
Your name forever the name on my lips.

Okay, so go play that song as you're writing your black moment.

What has evoked emotion in you lately? Song, book, art? Or a person? Whatever it is, we'd love to hear about it.

Lindi Peterson
Happy Endings Are Just The Beginning


  1. Hi Lindi:

    I was very emotionally upset by the ending of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”. I just loved 90% of the movie as it built up to a philosophical solution to the heroine’s quest for self-understanding. Then it ends with her still unenlightened and making at totally inappropriate choice. I thought, “this isn’t an ending, you just ran out of time and settled!”

    I watched it again with my sister-in-law and she liked the ending! I wonder if any author could like the ending.


  2. Vince, I haven't seen that movie, but I know a lot of people who did. They didn't mention the ending, just say they loved the movie. Now I'll make sure I watch. But the ending you are describing doesn't sound like something I would enjoy.

  3. Music always gets me. Like I said last week, The Voice of Truth left me with tears running down my face.

    Movies do the same. The kids look at me in amazement--or else watch to see when I start crying so they can make fun of me. :) I'm drawing a blank on the last movie I saw, but it left me teary-eyed.

    Vince, I look forward to seeing that movie. It sounds like the ending will disappoint me as well.

  4. Missy,
    Music is a real inspiration for me. I must admit to my eyes watering during the T.Swift song. I mean, if you listen to the whole thing, then realize what she's saying, it's pretty sad.

  5. Just enjoying reading all the posts... been out sick with a cold for too long (first dh, then dd, so it was inevitable that I'd get sick too). So nice to be well again though.

    Unfortunately, this topic of emotions hits too close to home right now and I don't want to go anywhere near tearjerkers at the moment. Our dog died last week and that is all the emotion I'm going to need evoked for a long time.

    Anyway, hope everyone is having a good start to the New Year and enjoyed their holidays!

  6. Eva Maria, I'm so sorry for your loss. Our pets are our babies.

  7. Eva Maria, I'm so sorry about your dog! It is a very emotional time for sure. :( Hugs to you!

  8. Hello Eva Maria:

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. Losing our dog after 13 years was very hard for us. My wife found the book, “Do Dogs Go To Heaven?” by M. Jean Holmes to be very comforting. Others have told us the same thing after their pet loss. It might help a little.


  9. Oh Eva, I lost 3 pets this last year and my heart goes out to you.

  10. Thank you all for your encouragement, it was touching!

    I want to share something with you... On the day that our dog died, the message on the calendar that Christy sent me as a prize for winning the guess the shoe contest had the following inscription:

    "God's peace is not an escape from reality. We are not transfixed or somehow mentally 'removed' from feeling pain or struggling... Rather, peace is an underlying rock-solid foundation so that no matter the tears we cry of the sorrow we feel, deep down inside we know with an abiding assurance that God is with us. God is in control, and the joy of the Lord is going to emerge far greater than any depth of agony we may be experiencing."
    God's Way Day By Day - Charles F. Stanley

    Coincidence? I don't think so.

    Thank you again to each of you for your caring words!

  11. Eva--Oh, how touching. God is truly amazing!