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.