Choose Your Attitude

Inspiration can come in many forms, and when you least expect it. If you had told me fifteen years ago that I would find it in a fish market, I would never have believed you. It’s nearly that long ago that I first discovered Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market. What I learned from them left an indelible impression upon me. Here’s why:

I don’t always want to get up in the morning, especially on a Monday. I’m sure I’m not alone on that one! Watching the Pike Place Fish! video, helped me to realize that it’s up to me to choose my attitude, to face the day positively and productively.

Their ‘Fish Philosophy’ covers four concepts: Be There, Play, Make Their Day, and Choose Your Attitude. I’ve adapted these concepts to show how they can work in a creative writing context. Here are my thoughts:


Be There

I interpret this as, share your ideas with people, take time to listen to them, respect their opinions, and their right to express them. Take time to hear their stories. Give them your undivided attention.


This, to me, means don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun with creative writing. Always keep in mind why it’s so important to share ideas: because story-telling is magic.

Make Their Day

I’d like to make someone laugh or smile. I don’t aim to make great art, but if I can improve anyone’s day for the better, then my efforts have been worthwhile.

Choose Your Attitude

Be Positive. Plan Ahead. Make time to write, and do just that. Get something down on paper, or on the computer screen. Don’t worry if it’s not any good, the results may surprise you.

I’m looking at creating a fortnightly-thought blog post, which I will archive as Penny for them? Every other fortnight, I will be doing a book review (I’m not a very fast reader!) I will be posting these on alternate Sundays. I’d love to know your opinions on this, or on what I’ve written. Have I made your day? Thanks for reading.

About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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