What’s the definition of an optimist? ~ A harpist with a tuner.
How long does it take to tune a harp? ~ That’s a hard one. Nobody knows yet.
How many harp players does it take to change a light bulb? ~ 5: one to handle the bulb, and the others to debate which is the best hand position to use.
The members of the Colorado Celtic Harp Society we met at the writing retreat at the Franciscan Center had a delightful sense of humor. But the truth is, those jokes also apply to writers. A writer who dreams of writing the Great American Novel is also an optimist, even if the dream becomes a nightmare. How long does it take writers to write the perfect novel? ~ Nobody knows yet. And as far as changing a light bulb, writers are always arguing about the right and wrong way to write, edit, submit and publish.
Here are two jokes that aren’t interchangeable: (If it weren’t for the dementia, my mother would love these!) ~ Why are harps like elderly parents? ~ Both are unyielding and hard to get in and out of cars. And this one for writers: Did you hear the one about the pregnant writer who began yelling, “Couldn’t! Wouldn’t Shouldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t! ~ she was having contractions.
The weekend writing retreat was filled with writing, thinking, drawing, painting, and responding to the harpists playing nearby. At the harp recital on Saturday evening, there was a great deal of laughter woven in with beautiful music, and that’s one of the lessons that was repeated throughout the weekend: Creative endeavors require discipline, hard work, and commitment. There are also difficulties and disappointments along the way, so make the most of every opportunity to renew yourself with the gifts of laughter and shared camaraderie.
For other lesson reminders from the weekend, read the messages written below the pictures.
And for those of you who asked for a writing prompt, here is one to get the pen moving and the ideas flowing: What is one thing you’ve lost that you hope will not be found?