Prompt: In one sentence, who are you? (Author: Elizabeth Presson)
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I’m summertime with my easy flow; sun-touched warmth; shedding skin;
and blossoming bouquet cultivated by nature.
The world belongs to the energetic. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: It’s easy to blame our failure to meet our goals or to live our dream lives on a lack of energy, and we don’t always stop to think about the quality of energy in our lives. Yet we can choose to create and manage our own energy flow.
Think of an instance when you’ve been so involved in an activity that you’ve lost track of time, and then identify the passions and energies you were feeding. Who was there with you? What were you doing? What will you do to make time for moments like that one more often? (Author: Julia E)
Energy and Flow
Surrounded by books, insightful ideas offered by others, and a desire to do, my energy is ignited. I was writing a creative proposal when flow overpowered me. My mind’s laziness lifted. Sleepiness receded. Fireworks began. My fingers caught fire moving across the keyboard and a stream of thoughts, ideas and concepts poured out and spilled onto the computer screen. Silence filled the air. Time fled. I was floating on flow. I was in creative mode.
I completed the proposal. Energy’s flame flickered out. Flow seeped away. Lethargy returned. My memories of that creative sensation and my work were all that remained.
Energy and flow are illusive. Where do they come from and where do they go? They appear suddenly. Move us to do. Then disappear as quickly. There was a time when I waited for energy and flow to show up. Now, I start with any energy I have when I need to get things done and keep going until flow catches up.
Prompt: If a year from now you weren’t in the profession you’re currently in, what would you be in your wildest dreams? (Author: Ryan Allis)
My preference is project work. By profession, I do strategic communications. Out of pleasure, I reconstruct all my professional work into a series of projects. Why? Projects have beginnings, middles and endings. Forever is nonexistent because projects celebrate the concept of completion. That appeals to me despite my intermittent lapses into procrastination. Therefore, if I no longer had my current profession, the possibility of revisiting several latent projects or looking for something new that I need to do would be nirvana.
There would be advantages. My free will and free time would force me to veer off the known travel route to become a more nomadic entrepreneur. With a supply of latent projects, I would do something versus nothing. Out of that something would come the impetus to keep discovering the next steps to get from here to where I’m headed. Money concerns may occur, but making something that moves a neighborhood, a needed cause or a new tribe would motivate me to stick with it until the word spreads and the money arrives.
Professions are proven paths. Passionate purposes are the unknowns worth pursuing. And passions put the life in living.
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Prompt: Find something that happened on the day and date you were born. Write about it.
If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true. – Cinderella
Seven seventeen, a date with duplicate numbers. My birth date. The middle of summer. Vacation time. But much more. Two events took place on July 17th that leave me wondering, do we become the date we were born?
One hundred fifty days after the rain started, on July 17th, the waters abated and Noah’s ark rested atop the mountains of Ararat. My grandmother was the first to point it out to me. She read from the Bible, Genesis 8:4: “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” Unbelievable to me as a child. Then she said I was blessed and I believed her.
Again, on July 17th, a world changing event took place. Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. Physically, I have been to Disneyland once in my life, and it didn’t disappoint. Through the Disney movies, animated characters and fairytales, I’ve traveled to that fantasyland often in my imagination. There’s something fun-loving, optimistic and very hopeful about “wishing upon a star” and believing that “dreams can come true.” As an adult, I still love animated movies due to Disney.
I wonder if Noah viewed seven seventeen as a blessed day or a day when his dreams came true? Centuries later, did Walt Disney believe seven seventeen was a blessed day when he made his dreams come true? I’ll never know the answer. I do know this. I love the numbers seven seventeen. I love my birth date. Each day that passes, I become more like the day I was born–blessed and filled with achievable dreams.
I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Think of all the things that are not working in your life. That job you don’t like, that relationship that’s not working, those friends that annoy you. Now turn them all on you. Imagine that everything that’s not working in your life, is your fault. How would you approach it? What would you work on to change your life to the state that you want it to be? (Author: Carlos Miceli)
The “F” Words
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning. – Maya Angelou
Fault, flaw, failing, foible, or frailty along with a few other four-letter words such as fear, pretty much scare the life out of living, if embraced the wrong way. Often those “f” words are used as negatives, particularly when describing a personality trait, emphasizing a cynical point or lambasting another or oneself. Whether delivering or getting the word, the usual results are feelings of guilt, anger or despair. You feel like life is a bummer.
While I hear the words, I listen to my inner voice. It changes what I hear. I hear positive negatives. When I hear fail, I see possibilities for trying again. My voice tells me to fight on. When I hear flaws, I see opportunities to improve myself. I let fear scare me into doing something–anything–that reinforces my passions, my causes and my purpose. Finally, I deflect faults by taking responsibility. I understand responsible living is part fear, part falling down and getting up, a bit of self-reliance, a lot of flexibility and a great deal of adapting to change.
Faith, friends, family, feeling fabulous and fortunate, fun and future are a few of the “f” words I favor. Forget fault.
Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today? (Author: Tia Singh)
Tweet: Congrats, U did it!
Response: Thanx. I love. I live. I thrive. I do. I’m touched by an angel. Still I move.
Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.” (Author: Sean Ogle)
Driving Off the Beast
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Zora Neale Hurston
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It’s easy for me to list all the things I want to do but I’ve left undone. More and more I’m choosing to live life less in the past and more in the now while heading toward the future. My to do list reflects my life. It’s a constant mix of evolving and editing, adding and deleting, endings and beginnings, and changing and staying the same.
Life is a gamble woven with uncertainty. Things change. People change their minds. Seasons come and go. Temperatures go up and down. Pendulums sway to and fro. The only certainty is that time moves forward. The odds of overcoming so much uncertainty is limited, particularly when fear is a mighty aggressor. But I believe odds can be beaten. I watch sports. I’ve seen too many games won when the odds were down and seconds were fleeting. Odds can be beaten with faith, flexibility, and fervor flavored with a lot of self-trust.
There are days when I want to do a lot and achieve little. On those days, I buoy myself up with The Shirelles‘ lyrics: “Mama said there’d be days like this, there’d be days like this my Mama said.” Then I keep moving. Some days fear is a tough temptress. On those days, I just “grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”
One thing I know for certain, when I finally finish my to do list, I’ll probably also be finished living.