Everyone’s Story warmly welcomes back inspirational author Delores Liesner. In sharing the same agent, the wonderful Linda S. Glaz, I’ve had the honor of getting to know Delores through the years. I’m thrilled to see her writing career expanding, especially her powerful non-fiction book of uplifting hope, Be the Miracle, selling well! This week Delores shares another encouraging message with us, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Both Delores and I look forward to hearing from you.
Delores is offering 1 edition of Be The Miracle, either in print or Kindle. The winner will be announced here on Friday, May 6th between 5-6 PM EST.
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Picture This by Delores Liesner
I couldn’t believe I was 50, and complained about being ‘over the hill’ to Grandma V, an elderly neighbor. She made me laugh, telling me that when all my children were on social security (like hers were) then I could feel old. She then added a bit of wisdom giving perspective I still use today—that we were created for eternity. Soulfully, she said, we are comparatively still in our youth. Or—perhaps even younger, if you think like I do J.
We joke that I might be the world’s most mature toddler, always asking what if … why is that … or Columbo-like, noticing tiny things. On one vacation Ken and I exited the car outside a trading post near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. When he realized I’d not followed him to the shop and was still by the car peering through the camera towards a frozen mud puddle, he was not surprised. His usual response is curiosity and, “What do you see?” I love this picture, not just because it represents beauty and creation from an unexpected source, but because it is a story starter.
How many pictures have you taken or looked at which remind you of the stories behind them, or could be a new fictional story if you said … what if … why is that … or did you see this?
Character personality pictures often come to me from a group of about a hundred from around the world are completing an adventure called The Lazarus Experience. Each year, for 40 days after Easter, we practice intentional living on a daily basis, and share those adventures with one another on our Facebook group page. Picture unexpected compliments, a father choosing to spend time with his boys, girls night out without technology present, helping a friend or neighbor, writing thank you notes, sky diving, and more times 40 days. Their pictures or the pictures their words evoke often make their way to a 4×6 card for my file of word-pictures to start stories, or become personality quirks of fictional characters.
Estate and rummage sales are also an excellent source for historical pictures. I love to imagine the lives and stories behind the serious faces and formal clothing.
Whether writing fiction or non-fiction I love to use pictures for outlining. Sometimes it will be actual photos, other times clippings from magazines, or a group of memories or visual imaginations I will write out (i.e. girl kicking flat tire of car). Like the old saying that one picture is worth a thousand words, pictures are great writing prompts, and can nicely outline potential chapters or markers to take one to each twist or turn in the story. Then I go back and fill in what would happen to get the story from one picture to the next.
I also use mental pictures for reducing life’s many stresses. For example, after a Spanish friend told me she never thought she would meet Lucille Ball until she met me, realized imagining what Lucy would do reduced my stress. I call this movies in my mind.
There is a happy ending – it’s surely on its way
I’m not a Polyanna, though I’m sure it’s what some say
‘Cause I believe our story’s end comes from each choice we make
Instead of often wishing we could go back and do a retake
To find the humor in a scene that seems desperate from the start
To take control of every situation that wants to grip my heart
I choose to play life’s challenges on a movie in my mind
Starring TV and movie faves, each personality assigned
The stories and the characters turn life’s tragedy into scripts
I can choose the attitude that heals or the storm that sinks the ship
I let Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett wrestle with my current stress
Or, let Columbo seek and find the clue that finally solves the mess
I often find a reason to laugh or sigh amidst life’s wild clatter
When a character forgives a stubborn quirk and shows others how they matter
Watching from the sideline, their solution seems so clear
When focusing on the outcome, all grudges disappear
Instead of watching circumstance, only thinking how I feel
I resolve to ask my God for help, to see the lesson in each reel
What can I learn, how can I help those living a similar story
Using my characters to bring that out gives me hope and brings God glory
Useless emotion is set aside to gain the greater good
The fresh start I need to offer others—and need myself —is understood
Every life has tragedy, and drama of every kind
Mine get solved by working through the movies in my mind
Delores’s Past Visit on Everyone’s Story: Why We Need To Be The Miracle
Delores’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:
Everyone’s Story: Delores Liesner @DLiesner on how to find inspiration from least expected places. (Tweet This)
Author Delores Liesner @DLiesner: On the joy of being the “world’s most mature toddler.” (Tweet This)
#BookGiveaway of Delores Liesner @DLiesner’s Be The Miracle. (Tweet This)
Delores Liesner’s motto, putting hands and feet to our faith, is revealed in the true stories in her book Be The Miracle (2015 Elk Lake Publishing). She longs for her articles, stories, devotionals and columns to lead others to recognize miracles in their lives. Delores writings will benefit children with life-threatening illness via Fullness of Life Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ When she is not writing you can find her reading, munching on chocolate or, on windy days, flying a kite without being told!
Places to connect with Delores:
Always With You
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