I’m not sure what happens in other people’s heads, but I tend to overshare what happens in mine. It wasn’t long ago that the words, “Think BIG!” popped into my brain interrupting thoughts of blogging and book writing. Well, it happened again.
While I washed dishes one morning, my mind wandered to thoughts about my book. I was eighty pages away from my final read-through after a major revision. When finished, I planned to query again. Of course, my mind pole vaulted waaaay past that.
ME: Someday I’ll be preparing for my first book signing. Huh. That will be so cool. I’m sure I’ll be nervous and will rehearse all day. I’ll have to make some notes for my…..
ME: Where did that come from? Wasn’t he some famous old philosopher?
Usually, when a random word pops into my mind, I dismiss it. This time it was super loud and insistent.
I Googled Euripides surprised I spelled it correctly. Quotes came to the top of the search. My eyes fell on this one:
“Do not plan for ventures before finishing what’s at hand.”
ME: Whoa! Okay, I get it. I’ll go back to work.
I tweeted about it and received some great insight. (Disregard the repetition of my original tweet):
ME: Why did the name Euripides interrupt an otherwise lovely daydream about the future?
- Could it be that my subconscious remembered the quote from somewhere and the author’s name popped into my head? Pretty abstract and doubtful.
- Was a higher power giving me a clue? It was more like a reprimand. “Okay. I get it, Higher Power!”
- Was someone, who exists on a higher plane, having an argument with another entity and needed me to look up Euripides? Pshh!
- Maybe Euripides is the patron saint of “staying present centered” and he becomes aggravated when we wander into the future.
After all that I looked him up:
Euripides was a playwright, not a philosopher. He wrote over ninety plays in Athens, Greece. He is credited with producing the first rom-com (romantic comedy) and wrote about ordinary people presented with extraordinary circumstances. He was also an ancient feminist:
Medea: “Sooner would I stand to face their battles, shield in hand, than bear one child.”
I have to admit, I haven’t entertained thoughts of book signings since. I finished my work and am onto the next project. I did what I was told. “Are you happy now, Euripides?”
I wonder what word will wreck a perfectly good daydream next time…
What do you think? Has a random word ever popped into your mind?