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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG DAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020, DREAMING THINGS THAT NEVER WERE AND ASKING WHY NOT, BY Pat Garcia









Hello Everyone,

 

 

It is IWSG Time!

 

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 

 

 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group 

 

 

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4th posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi,L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria! 

 

 

 

 

Submissions: 

 Fiction - A Time To Love, A Novel– Submitted September 18, 2020

 

Flash Fiction: 

It's Christmas 

The Red Wheelbarrow 

Until Death Do Us Part

 

Non-Fiction: 

A Spotlight On My Childhood In The Deep South

 

 

 

 

 


Dreaming Things That Never Were and Asking Why Not

 

I was 17 years old when I heard the speech from Robert Francis Kennedy that would change my whole perspective about life.  His inclusion of a saying by George Bernard Shaw as he spoke to the University of Kansas hit me right between my eyes. It was a bullseye, and the effectiveness of his words inspire me even to this day. In fact, I googled to find and read it once again while writing this IWSG article, and I am still inspired. 

 

"Some people see things as they are and say why?  I dream things that never were and say, why not?"

 

 I learned that my avenue to changing my focus was through my writing. Only then could I live a successful and engaging life by my own standards and not by the standards of others. Dreaming of things that never were and asking myself why not has moved me to walk my talk as I write, and not worry about the many mistakes I make. That quote has given me the courage to step out and be different, and it has given me a healthy and thankful view of God's creation. 

 

Shalom aleichem,



 

 




Pat Garcia

20 comments:

  1. I love that quote. So awesome that it's inspired your writing.

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  2. That's such a different perspective Pat. Dreaming of things that never were...I guess we get so used to what's there and thinking of the right and the wrong about it that this never occurs to us.

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  3. We all need a healthy view of God's creation! Great post.

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  4. And those are the people who change the world.

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  5. That's a great quote. I'm glad it has inspired you so much through life and given you a "thankful view of God's creation."

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  6. I've always loved that quote and it has been on many of my classroom walls over the years! Keep being you and keep imagining!

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  7. I love that quote, it's so apt for us writers.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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  8. Thanks for sharing that excellent inspirational quote. We're going to need it in these contentious times.

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  9. I agree, that's one outstanding quote. I also liked ask what you can do for your country... We can be happy without being selfish. Happy IWSG, Pat.

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  10. Isn't it amazing that a few beautiful words can change another's life? Thank heaven we have people who can express thoughts in such a way that they affect others for years.

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  11. Thank you for this inspiring quote and post. I am also inspired every month by your list of submissions. You go, GRRL!
    JQ Rose

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  12. While I'm in the middle of huge change, this quote is perfect. Great words to live by. Thanks sharing.

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  13. New ideas do have to start somewhere. This is a good reminder. Perhaps our 'written' worlds are unrealistic, but they may prod someone in the future, even if it is a fiction world we've written.

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  14. A change in focus can be an immense gift. Great post!

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  15. Like that quote. Definitely pertains to writers as we dream in the realm of why not and then bring it to life.

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  16. That's such a great quote. What a wonderful inspiration to have at such an early age.

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  17. I can understand why you were so moved. I am too and wish I had read it sooner. This time you brought change to me. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  18. I've always liked that quote, but I never knew who originally said it. It reminds me of Joel 2:28 Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Different but kind of related I think.

    Asking "why not?" is the "Mother of invention" I would say. When we stop wondering about possibilities we damper progress.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  19. Dreaming of a better future is the first step to creating it, I think.

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  20. A beautiful and challenging quote. I would add: if not now, when? Challenging ourselves is important to growth. Otherwise, we stagnate.

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