RollerQuotester: Life has Its Ups and Downs

I took break from NaNoWriMo yesterday to get my last project ready to send to my editor. I did get a few hundred words written later in the day with a half pint of a Session IPA.

I went for a run for the first time in … a week? Odd thing come to mind when I am out running. Yesterday was no exception as I thought about all the inspirational quotes out there.

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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One-Liner Wednesday: Humorous Quotes

Have you ever written a quote that just makes you chuckle? How about reading a quote from Yogi Berra (not the bear) and thinking “That’s brilliant…wait! That makes no sense!”

What’s your favorite quote (yours or someone else’s) that makes you giggle?

Here’s mine:

“You may think that I am bitter, but I’m not. I’m tangy.” – Leon Stevens

For Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Tuesday Tidbits: Life Lessons Learned From Exercising

I like exercising. Because I like food, mostly. I also like the feeling I have when I’m done. Reminds me of an old joke: A man sees his friend hitting himself on the head with a hammer. “Why are you hitting yourself with a hammer,” he asks. His friend replies, “ Because it feels so good when I stop.” Not a really funny joke, and I don’t remember the last time that I heard it — Probably very long ago…

Running and cycling are my favorites. They allow for inward and outward explorations of different locations both inward and outward. Sometimes, I will get lost in my thoughts – not enough to ignore traffic – but enough to make time fly by. Exercise can be an escape, a way to burn off some negative energy (and calories), focus on things that really matter, and be a stress reliever.

I started this list with the quote in the picture. I claim to have made it up, but maybe someone said it before me. If it matters, I wrote it in 2019 (that’s my way of copyrighting…). The rest followed soon after. So to begin:

I do my best writing when I am running or hurting. Often, that is the same time…

Which led to:

  • Going downhill is easy, the challenge is getting back to the top.
  • One foot in front of the other is the way to move forward.
  • No pain, no gain is unfortunately true.
  • The wind is rarely at your back, so take advantage of it when it is.
  • Quitting is a sure way to fail.
  • Personal bests are more rewarding than victory over others.
  • Sometimes you just need to take a break.
  • Take the hard road as often as you can, save the easy one for when you really need it.
  • Sometimes you can go it alone, other times, you need help.
  • Goals are like chin-ups. Spread out, anyone can do 10.
  • Sometimes, all you need is a smile and encouragement to get you to the finish line.
  • You may come in last, but there are more people that never even tried.

Are there more? Probably. I have many more miles to go before my life journey ends, and I intend to make the most of them.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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