A Is for…


My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.


Welcome to Day 1 of my 2015 A to Z Challenge! 

Today’s quote is from Aldous Huxley and I found it in a great book of quotes, 365 Days of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.  

The book is actually a follow up to her really great book, Wonder.  In Wonder, one of the teachers puts precepts up on the board to help inspire his students, including main character, Auggie Pullman. 

This book is “Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts” and is chock full of great thoughts, some from famous people and some by students that were submitted to Palacio and included in the book. It was really this book that helped inspire my theme this year and several of the quotes during this month are found in its pages. 

Aldous Huxley’s was my choice for “A” because I like how it puts the focus on self improvement. We may be able to make improvements elsewhere, but it is our own self we will always have the ability to improve. 

As a writing prompt, I would focus on the self, on improvement, but perhaps blend in the idea of the universe, real or imagined. 

And to kick off this challenge, I’m including an original poem from this prompt. As a side note, another big challenge running in April is NaPoWriMo, where participants post a daily poem through the month of April celebrating National Poetry Month. I am not committing to that as some days I may do flash fiction or some days I might just put the prompt out there, but I do love the idea and want to celebrate National Poetry month. πŸ˜ƒ 

The form I chose is the Triolet, which you can find described and see examples on the Shadow Poetry, a really fantastic resource to learn more about poetry. 

Change Me


In all this wide world of great need

I know I can only change me

No matter my choice or my creed

In all this wide world of great need

While hope may in our hearts take seed

To change others or break them free,

In all this wide world of great need

I know I can only change me.

28 thoughts on “A Is for…

  1. Oh, I love this poem. I think I will print it and put it up on my fridge. Awesome start CJ!πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  2. Wonderful quote and great poem! Super start and a wonderful way to consider an idea upon which to reflect throughout the day! Cheers πŸ™‚

      1. Your welcome πŸ™‚

        As for visiting …. when and if you can – but no worries … so many blogs, so little reading/ writing time available. But I had a few minutes and needed to say “Hi!” πŸ™‚

      1. You should. Like randomly pick a word out of the dictionary for that day’s letter and write a poem using it (which is what I SHOULD have thought to do). LOL

  3. This makes me think of the quote (and I’m paraphrasing here, because I’m too lazy to look up the actual quote) about being the change you want to see in the world.
    Lovely poem!

    1. Oh yes, I love that one. There is also a great one about I was clever so I wanted to change the world, now I am wise and am changing myself. Something like that. Rumi I think. I may need to google both of those πŸ˜ƒ

    1. I got Wonder because a friend recommended it & my son seemed interested because he had heard about it at school. I knew I was in trouble when I was already crying on page 8 or 9. πŸ˜‰. But it was great. And 365 Days of Wonder is really good. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Oh, I know! Such a tearjerker, but a sweet, moving story! I’ll have to get that book; I loved the precept idea.

  4. excellent poem and this A to Z shall be fun – good quote. You are quite the ambitious one for April. Good for you

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