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I love this journal topic and wish I did it more often. There are so many instances in life in which I have a difficult decision to make and don’t know what direction to turn. I often do the typical “pros and cons” list but this journal exercise allows you to get into the decision with more depth and “perspective.” It allows you to explore the possibilities of the roads not taken in your life. You can step into the future or the past, and glimpse the world as it might have been for you–or as it might be for another.
Choose which type of “perspective you’d like to take today:
-Decision making:Think of a tough decision you have ahead (career?). Write a journal entry from the perspective of each decision (or place) to help clarify your choice.
-Understanding others: “Never judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” Write from the perspective of someone else. Try to sense what might truly be going on for him or her.
-Glimpses of the future: Imagine it is one year from today. Write from your perspective, one year from now. Recall the most enjoyable parts of the year, the challenging spots, lessons learned, where you live, how you live, the work you do, challenges ahead, new opportunities, joys, etc.
Making room for writing practice
Allowing what flows to be practice. Not perfect, not wholly formed. Just practice
Sharing at least some of what comes out. Poems do not like to be kept in boxes.
Letting the words tumble, and find their own rhythm
Noticing patterns, looking for connections
Listening to what people are saying (social media provides clue after clue)
Embracing beginner’s mind
Paying attention to the everyday. There’s so much wonder to be
Listening to what the land, the water, the trees, the hills…are saying.
Listening to what my heart is saying: tears, laughter, whispers, songs, prayers, fire, softness
Passing it on: not being scared to share my work, not being scared to declare how beautiful the world is, passing on what I’ve learned about how it is possible to live, so the poems can find you.”
But to me, that is not really living.
My love for my husband and daughter.
We shall see.
This morning I tried again.
Where do I belong?
one hand in hers
one hand in yours
feet feeling grass
on cobblestone streets
one hand in hers
one hand in yours
in a farmhouse
Or is where we end up, where we really belong?
while Miss Clemens bent at the sink,
helping Peter Farley wash the paint off his hands.
I scurried across the wide green fields that led
to the road where our row
of white townhouses awaited me.I wanted no more days without my mother
placed in the center of every hour.
I wanted her voice, the scent of the perfume
she dabbed on her wrist each morning
before we watched my father walk away.
We stood at her dresser while she released
the stopper from a crystal bottle so blue
it rivaled sunlight staining the ocean surface.
I wanted to travel with her
from supermarket, to bank, dry cleaners
to drugstore, wherever the days life took her.
As if sensing some hunger to come,
I craved her with a fierceness that made me run,
as if knowing I would soon lose her to a sadness
vaster than any of these fields I could cover
with the pace of my own feet.
I nixed the day old chili option for tomato soup, grilled cheese, apple sauce and veggies with ranch. My downfall was the Dr. Pepper AND the sweet tea, as if one caffeinated, sugar filled drink wasn’t enough.I was left feeling okay…somewhat tired but no major stomach eruptions.
Day three (today) I forgot to take a picture (would’ve been a little awkward in the teacher’s lounge) but had two pieces of cheese pizza, salad with ranch, baked apples and some oranges. So far I feel pretty good!
I hope that my food choices will reflect well on my physical well-being. I want to give my body what it needs to feel energized, happy, and healthy. If you have any tips, feel free to share!
Another update on the adoption front–baby Peter from Reece’s Rainbow (part of the Pure Love giveaway I posted about last week) has found a forever family! The only problem is his health is NOT good and his family needs to get him to the USA asap. The only thing stopping them is the money. They don’t have a year to do the fundraising…they need him now, or he may not make it. He is already up to over $13,000 but they will probably need to get closer to $20,000 before they can bring him home. See this post for more information. I donated again today and the awesome thing is, the more times you donate, and spread the word, the more entries you get to win the IPAD on the Pure Love giveaway. See this post for more details.