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That is probably the greatest thing I have read in a long time. THANK YOU for reminding me it is ok to be random. :) God cares about my thoughts, so I should care enough to dissect them once in awhile too.


Working on clearing it out. Then, to do something with it once it's out! Thanks McNair.

Tammie Fickas

Carrying a book is one of the first things you learn in the Apprentice program through the Christian Writers Guild and one of the things I had had the hardest time getting myself to do. But, I know have a cute pink book and in the front I have written your quote.

Off to write down some rememberings!

Kim Ykema

I carry a luscious bag of creativity with me almost everywhere I go (after reading your ACC posts). The other day I whiled away a very long wait at a medical office, busily sketching away while my husband bored himself with magazines. The receptionist was highly entertained by my enthusiasm. Must confess, though, as I waited for Mother's Day breakfast at a busy restaurant, I wasn't courageous enough to pull out the sketch pad and pencils while wedged between animated strangers. Maybe next time I'll be brave enough... and willing to talk about my creativity with any curious onlookers.

Francine Phillips

In the old comedy TV days, they called the comedy routines a "sketch" too - many unforgettable, like Carol Burnett's drapery-rod shoulders in the Gone With the Wind spoof. Brilliant stuff in those "sketches."

Alex Mitchell

I have started taking a little sketchbook with me in my backpack when I go to the indoor pool in my neighborhood. I realized that my pool break which includes a 15 minute walk to get there has become a brainstorming time for me. I guess getting out of the studio and changing scenery is enough to give me new ideas. The funny thing is, and this is why I thought of sharing this, that I end up writing for about 20 minutes in the locker room before I even change into my bathing suit. The ladies coming and going through the locker room see me scribbling away and don't say anything, but I'm sure it looks quite odd to them. I just smile at everybody and try to get all my thoughts down. Then I get in the water and do my laps just as happy as can be.

Anna Merrell

Half way through reading your post, tears start to well in my eyes... An unusual response, I'm sure.

The vast amount of people that are alive and have lived before us with their own thoughts and ideas overwhelms me. How could any of us be truly unique and have something new or worthwhile to add to an abundant supply of already recorded thought? I have the hardest time valuing my own thoughts... even to the point where I question other people that value theirs. And I know it's wrong... I know that's a lie. A big lie that I fall hard for. Why? What's worse is that my husband, a huge fan of yours, dreams big dreams -- and I struggle to support him by valuing his visions.

I also know the entirely huge brain that God has blessed me with. It's bubbling with thoughts and ideas, waiting for me to stop gagging it. Any thoughts on how to begin to value my self and my thoughts and ideas and dreams? Perhaps just letting them come out in a sketch journal is enough...

Appreciate it-

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