I’ve been meaning to focus more on writing, so I’m starting a weekly writing prompt to help focus my thoughts. My life is busy and hectic, but I think I should be able to take a few moments each week to check in with myself. I’m not sure exactly how this is going to go, and I can’t promise that my writing will even be halfway good, but I’m going to give it a shot anyways. Why not, right? These writing prompts are all about taking the time to stop and give myself permission to let my heart and mind wander a bit.
Here’s the other thing – I’m hoping that some of you will want to join me. I’m hoping that maybe some of you are also looking for a way to make some time to reflect. It doesn’t need to take you a lot of time. Take five minutes or twenty, and just get your thoughts out. I’m hoping we can encourage each other.
Here’s my plan:
Each Sunday, I will post a weekly writing prompt by 5pm Pacific time, and I’ll include my initial response to the prompt. Today we’re starting fresh with Prompt #1. The following Sunday morning I’ll share from your responses to the previous week’s Prompt before I share the next week’s prompt that afternoon. If you want your response to be shared here on NML, all you have to do is:
1. Write a response to the prompt that is as short or as long as you want.
Online: If you’d like to post your response on your own blog – that’s great! Just make sure to link back to this post, so that others can find their way here to participate. To make sure I know about your post, please post a comment below with the link to your response, so I can find your post. If you’re sharing your post via twitter, facebook, or any other social media, please use the hashtag #notmerelywriting so that we can all find each other!
Offline: If you’d like to write a response offline and share it with me directly, please email me at notmerelyliving(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject heading: Not Merely Writing Prompt #1.
To be included in the week’s Sunday morning share, please comment or email me your response no later than 11pm Pacific time on Friday evening. If there are certain sections you would rather I share than others, let me know that too!
3. Check back next week! Depending on the number of responses I get, I’ll try to include quotes from as many as I can.
Maybe no one will want to join in, and it will just be me, but I’m ok with that too! That said, please don’t be shy! I’d love to read and share your insights. Let’s get our creative juices flowing!
Here’s Prompt #1 to get us started:
Some day when you think back to this period in your life, what will you want to remember? What will you want to share with your kids or grandkids or friends about what set these days apart?
Here a few of my initial thoughts:
I want to remember the way the sunshine comes pouring through the trees in the morning as I leave our house.
I want to remember that after 4 years of dating and 1 year of marriage, I’ve finally got pretty good at reading the h-bands facial expressions. The tilt of his head or the twinkle in his eye–he can’t hide their meaning from me anymore. I know him too well. There was a time when I never thought I would get to this day, when I had marginal peace with his long spans of silence. I want to remember the joy it feels to know my partner this well.
I want to remember that I started loving Cappucinos (even though I never thought I would ever drink coffee). For the first time in my life, I like coffee. It reminds me that big things and small things always change. That we can never really be sure about anything.
I want to remember how much I’ve enjoyed photography. Since I recently broke my camera, I’ve missed it terribly. I have completely taken it for granted, and I didn’t realize what a big impact it has had in my life. I always want to be able to document my life through pictures.
I want to remember that every morning I have a bowl of wheaties and hot green tea.
I want to remember that somehow when I wasn’t looking, San Francisco became my home. Somehow now I look forward to our fall Indian Summers and the magic that they bring as if my seasons had always been this way.
I want to remember that although I really do hate the dishes (and desperately wish for a dishwasher), once I get started I secretly love those moments when it’s just me and the dishes. I like the warm water on my hands and the time I have to think as I stare out the window and focus on one, achievable task.
I want to remember inside jokes: with Not Merely Husband, and my mom, my friends, and my coworkers. A place really starts to feel like home when you’ve got inside jokes, you know?
I want to remember the passion that I feel about my job right now. Even though there are always challenges, I believe so strongly in what I am doing, and I have so many exciting ideas about where I think we can go. This feeling of passion mixed with uncertainty mixed with pure excitement is what I feel like all jobs should feel like. It’s a reminder that I’m in the right place and doing the right thing.
I want to remember that we have just enough.