Thinking Thursday: Outlook

I am reproducing below a snippet from the March issue of Writing Magazine. It reports on people’s outlook for 2010. Some are advice, some are pessimistic, some optimistic. You may find one that appeals to you, but they all bear thinking about. Maybe you have one of your own (please share with the rest of us) or would like to adopt one (optimistic I hope) as your motto for this year:

“In a writing style that makes Twitter look verbose, the BBC asked website readers to share their outlook for 2010 in three words. Weeding out all the political and religious sayings, we’re left with such as these:
‘C’est la vie’, writes Jo, West Sussex
‘We’re all doomed!’, Mike Smith, Leeds
‘Grow more vegetables’, Karl, Essex
‘Ignore the Hype’, Jay, Ireland
‘Peace is Necessary!’, Mahindhar Ghanwani, Hyderabad, Pakistan
‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’, Rosa Smith, Nottingham
‘Money isn’t everything’, Jim, Keighley
‘Poorer, sadder, older’, Sue Hudson, London
‘Bring back ethics’, Ginia, Vila Real, Portugal
‘Just the same’, Thomas Smith, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
‘Patience, trust, hope’, Abdul Basit, Dubai
‘Abstinence from abundance’, Pj, Finland
‘Invest in leisure’, Josh Kalish, Hakuba, Japan
‘Go for it!’, Judi Evans, Paris, France
‘No silver lining’, Filis, Beijing, China
‘Never give up’, Mr John, Tokyo, Japan… not very original but, perhaps, as good a message as any.”

For the record, my current motto is ‘Defy gravity.’ You need to listen to the song from Wicked to understand.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at
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