Delores Liesner: How To Find Inspiration When Least Expected

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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BookGiveaway:

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.

** Please note something new regarding BookGiveaways: to further protect your privacy, and since emails are appearing for “my eyes only” when the comments go into my moderation box, emails within comments are no longer required. However, if yours does NOT appear I will leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.

 

 

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.

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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.

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                    Grandma V

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

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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)

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Author’s Bio:

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:

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25 comments to Delores Liesner: How To Find Inspiration When Least Expected

  • What an awesome attitude Delores has. She made me smile and lifted my spirits just reading this post. I love the idea of movies in your mind.

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for your visit, today, Pat. Delores is a strong and brilliantly uplifting woman who keeps her eyes on God. I’m glad she’s my guest this week!

  • Patricia, Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. So glad when snippets of my life can raise another’s spirits! Thanks too for visiting my Facebook page :). It always energizes me to meet other authors.

  • Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. Be The Miracle sure sounds like a wonderful read.

  • Delores, what a wonderful perspective! I was thinking the other day about how the Lord wants us
    to have a childlike attitude. If we remember how young we are in eternity, that might make it
    easier. I find the movies in your mind intriguing as well. I love to look at pictures and old
    things and imagine the story behind them too.

    Elaine, thanks for posting another great article with an uplifting message!

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for visiting Kathy! I’m glad you appreciated Delores’s feature.

      When I think of a child’s heart and mind–before human earthly life knifes away at it–I think of a pure soul. One that’s free of hatred, one full of love–the closest one can be like Him, I imagine.

    • Kathleen, You are so right – we can often eliminate so much drama and stress from situations if we can look at things from a child’s perspective. I look forward to seeing and reading more of your pictures and imaginations too!

  • So many wonderful thoughts are contained in this one post. A new perspective has been opened up to me as I walk through antique stores, which is one of my favorite pastimes. When I am writing I have a clear picture and KNOW each character very well. Have used photographs somewhat, especially in my most recent novel, “Davida.”
    And, Elaine I love your response to Kathleen about the pure soul of a young child. Beautiful!

    • elaineadmin

      Karen, so nice to see you 😊 And I can relate to gaining a new perspective on how we see things.

      Thanks for your kind words!

    • Karen, Thanks for your thoughtful observations! I hope we can connect on Facebook or through our websites. Meeting new author friends is always a joy. Now you have me intrigued about your novel too 🙂

  • Hi Delores:

    “Expect a Miracle!”‘
    (Oral Roberts)

    I love your story about the frozen mud puddle. I was a corporate photographer for years and I worked very hard to cultivate the ‘photographer’s eye’. This is when you have the vision to ‘see’ what others fail to see. It’s the ability to see the extraordinary in the everyday and the beauty in the ugly. And once seeing these wonders having the skill to capture them as a visual in such a way that it allows others, without the vision, to see them as well.

    Some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen were of weather-worn doors on cottages and old farm houses in Greece and Italy.

    I believe there is also a ‘writer’s eye’ and that using visuals to ‘see’ a story combines the best of using both eyes. There is a saying in Eastern Philosophy that ‘we see what is behind our eyes’, that is, we see what we expect to see and not necessarily what is really ‘out there’ in the objective world. The photographer/writer’s job is to see the wonders that are hidden in plain sight.

    This insightful ‘mud puddle’ part of your post, much more than any blurb, makes me want to read your work.

    There is one thing I’d like to add as a copywriter of many years:

    “While it is said that one picture is worth 1,000 words, in advertising it is also said that one wrong picture can steal 10,000 words of copy.”

    Use pictures wisely!

    Thanks for your post. Elaine as some of the best guest bloggers on the net. I look forward to reading your work.

    Vince

    Please add me to the drawing for “Be the Miracle”.

    • elaineadmin

      I’m glad Delores’s feature resonated with you, Vince. Also happy you enjoy my guests.

    • Vince,
      Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience. How true that we too often see what we expect to see or even focus on what we are looking for and miss the greatest surprises. Viewing life with the simplicity and awe of a child can heighten that perspective you describe as the photographer’s eye. I especially appreciated the ‘wrong picture’ quote – a startling truth that will help me be more insightful selecting photos for my blog.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope we can connect via Facebook, LinkedIn or the website. I’d love an opportunity to see some of your pictures, and to hear your reaction after reading Be the Miracle!

  • Connie Saunders

    Such an inspirational post to read on a cool and dreary day in KY! Delores is certainly someone we all need to know. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings!
    Connie

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for visiting, Connie. I’m glad you were uplifted by Delores’s words. She is truly amazing!

    • Connie,
      Thanks for the kind words and the comfort of knowing it’s not just WI that is cool and dreary 🙂 I hope we can connect via Facebook or website – meeting authors and readers is always a joy!

  • Marilyn R

    What a great interview and blog post. Be the Miracle sounds like a wonderful read and Delores Liesner is a new author to me. Each day there are miracles all around us. I told a friend recently–no complaints about aging as it happens to each of us unless we are 6 foot under. In light of eternity with Jesus we’ll be young. Thanks for the vivid pictures while reading. I love to imagine scenes in my mind. God bless you both.

    • elaineadmin

      I hear you on aging, Marilyn. Two thoughts: we don’t age, just get better 🙂 and, as you’ve said, one step closer to heaven double 🙂

  • Marilyn R

    Elaine, so very true. We do get better with age and closer to being called home to be with Jesus. Hugs friend.

  • Hi Delores:

    You wrote:

    “Viewing life with the simplicity and awe of a child can heighten that perspective you describe as the photographer’s eye.”

    Which immediately brought this quote from the Bible to mind:

    “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
    Matthew 18:3

    Now I know you are a kindred soul.

    Vince

  • Hi Marilyn, I agree that aging gives us fresh perspective to answer the how-are-you question. My grandma friend used to answer with “Considering the alternative…” and our pastor says “One day closer.” Thanks for stopping by – hope you can check out my Amazon Author page or connect on Facebook or through website. I love to make new friends!

  • elaineadmin

    I love when my guests inspire and uplift not only me but my viewers and once again I knew I could count on Delores Liesner to do so! Heartfelt thanks, Delores, for spreading a warm smile.

    And thanks too for your Book Giveaway of Be The Miracle. The winner is…

    Karen I. Congratulations, Karen. Both Delores and I will be in touch via direct email. Happy reading!

    Blessings to all.

    Elaine

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