Thursday, March 4, 2010

Butterflies of the Moment


It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. ~ Vita Sackville-West

I love that. We catch the changes of our minds on the hop. *sigh*

I think I need to take the beautiful journal I got from Shannon M., which has a butterfly on the front cover, and use it to collect my butterflies of the moment. I don't think I could come up with any more beautiful way to say "ideas" than that - butterflies of the moment.

How do you catch your butterflies of the moment - on the hop?
Ha ha. That is just too fun!

35 comments:

Jennie Englund said...

YES! I get to be the first post! I'm always so far down the long list of admirers!

Butterflies! I need them today.

I am returning a (hopefully) prospective agent's call at 10.

So Shannon, and all you Shannon Fans, please send me a prayer or thought or hope on the wings of them there little butterflies.

Please please please...

Jonathon Arntson said...

What about the jar? How do you contain the moments? Or are they meant to pass, just as we are?

Tamika: said...

I tried butterfly hopping last night. *Sigh* My arms didn't reach high enough, the moments passed. The ideas fluttered above me.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

You are my quote soul sister :-) I LOVE every one you ever post!

OMG and I do the SAME thing with MY notebook from Shannon :-)

Michelle Gregory said...

butterflies - that's exactly what my scattered ideas and thoughts feel like. catching them is always a challenge. i usually collect them in my laptop (if it's handy) or in a notebook i try to keep in my purse (which are then transferred to my laptop). sometimes i examine a particular butterfly story idea and play with it, other times i let them sit, but they're always waiting for me.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Jennie - I'll send out one prayer after another, all day long for you. Keep me posted!

Jonathon - Good point. Hmmm...

Tamika - Awww, that's so sad. We need to get you a net with a longer handle. :)

Sara - Does your have a butterfly on it, too? :-)

Michelle - Laptops do make very good nets. I've noticed that, too.

Valerie Geary said...

Beautiful!

Stephanie Thornton said...

That really is lovely, but I do adore butterflies in any quote. I try to catch the butterflies of the moment- I carry a journal with me at all times. My husband likes to make fun of me as I'm scratching away.

Patti Lacy said...

Oh, Shannon, this is SUCH a delightful place...and answers your question (at least the first answer)

One way to capture those butterflies of the moment is on blogs!!! Doesn't that FLUTTER your stomach?
Also with my camera, which I've begun to carry EVERYWHERE. It's so fun capturing the little things that beautify our earth.

You are now on my blog roll!!! SOOO excited about that!!!

Patti

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great quote: Ideas can be as fleeting as butterflies.

Elana Johnson said...

Wow, I love that too. I try to slow down. My life is so hectic and I'm always listing what needs to be done. I need to learn to just breathe and enjoy.

Thanks for this quote. Maybe I can do it today.

Dawn Embers said...

That is a great concept. Might have to use the reference to butterflies myself some time. I've always been a fan of butterflies and morpho ones in particular. The idea of something that can look so plain and bland with their wings closed, but when the wings are open such iridescent beauty is discovered... amazes me.

I should do hard copies of my ideas as well. For now I use the stickies program on my mac but if BF has any say a new computer will be involved this year and it will be PC. No more stickies, then I'll need a new method.

L. T. Host said...

What a beautiful idea! I think I need to start using this, too :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Valerie - :-)

Stephanie - You are so adorable. I can just see you scratching away.

Patti - Wow. I'm blushing from your kindness! Thank you.

Mary - Yep!

Elana - Good luck. Breathe in...breathe out... :-)

Dawn - A new computer is so exciting. I hope you get one.

L.T. - Give it a try. :-)

Carolyn V. said...

I love that saying too! Ideas are like butterflies.

I try to keep a log of ideas on my compy. It's amazing to look back and see what's there. =)

Bane of Anubis said...

All I can think about are the spikes waiting for that kid at the bottom of the cliff :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Please send some butterflies my way!

Shelley Sly said...

Love this happy post! I need to slow down, and this was a friendly reminder. Thank you, Shannon. :)

Jade said...

I love this! I wish my blog was as thoughtful. Sigh.

Bethany Mattingly said...

Ditto Valerie

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Cute graphic!

Hmm, good idea. I received a journal with butterflies on the cover for my birthday. It's too small to contain my normal journaling, but it's perfect to net those "butterflies."

Blessings,
Susan :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Carolyn - Sometimes I rediscover a fab idea I had totally forgotten. I love it when that happens.

Bane - Ouch! You are twisted, dude! I think I like it. :-)

Kimberly - Watch for them. Here they come.

Shelley - That's what I'm here for. :)

Jade - Hey! I love your blog just the way it is. :)

Bethany - :-)

Susan - Yay! Use it and start catching those beauties.

Susan Fields said...

I love that idea of writers catching the moment, the mood, so they are not forgotten and the day does not slip emptily by. How true!

Angela said...

I've written a scene in a car on the back of a grocery receipt--does that count as 'on the hop?'

sarahjayne smythe said...

What a beautiful post. I love it. Thanks for sharing it. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Love both the images and the ideas in that quote! I'm getting better at capturing those moments :)

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, what an amazing quote. I love it!!! I feel that way about my kids sometimes. They are butterflies of the moment. A year form now, these two precious creatures will gone, metamorphosed into new beings.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Love butterflies--and this post. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Susan - Oooo, well said, Susan!

Angela - Ha ha ha. I am not at all surprised, and yes, I'd say it counts.

sarahjayne - You're welcome. :)

Jemi - Yay! Keep your net ready at all times.

Corey - *sniff, sniff* Shhhh, I don't want my babies to hear you. I'm hoping they'll stay butterflies a while longer.

Karen - Thanks. You are so sweet!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I'm afraid I've let too many butterflies get away from me. I need to be better about using my own journal.

But what a beautiful quote! You always give us such inspiring posts. Thanks for that.

Alexia561 said...

Beautiful post! I don't know where you find them, but I love these quotes. Thank you for sharing!

VR Barkowski said...

Lovely quote. I journal. That allows me to capture a few butterflies. And I always carry a notebook, even have one by my bed in case I wake up in the middle of the night.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

That is a great way to say it!

Jessie Oliveros said...

My butterflies are always getting away. And even when I do find a scrap of paper to write them on, when I re-read it later it's lost its magic...like the butterfly has lost its wings.

AchingHope said...

You find the nicest quotes ever. :)

I find my "butterflies of the moment" by text/e-mailing myself. I actually learned that if you send yourself a picture it gives you 1,000 characters. And then my pictures are backed up too. :)

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