Thursday, April 5, 2012

Writing Prompt Thursday (#wpthu): 5 April 2012

If this is the first time you've heard of Writing Prompt Thursday, you'll want to visit the #wpthu page on Mindful Living Guide. There you'll quickly learn everything you need to know. In fact, everyone should start with the #wpthu page this week, as there's important information there that wasn't available before I created it and the #mlmon page this past weekend.

The page includes: 1) a brief introduction to the Writing Prompt Thursday online community, 2) two super-easy (email address only) subscription forms so that you're automatically kept abreast of all things #wpthu, and 3) information on how to get the embed code for the new #wpthu badge for your own blog or website.

And, it's quite exciting stuff! So, go read through that page, and I'll wait here for you to return. Remember, too, that you'll need to click on the two confirmation links to confirm your (free) subscriptions (more about these in the #wpthu page).


Okay, now that you're back, and your two subscriptions have been confirmed, let's get on with ...

Today's #wpthu prompt ...

A powerful way to awaken — or reawaken — our writing voice is to return to what really matters to us. Rather than to spin our wheels writing what we think we should be writing, we can, instead, take stock of what really matters to us, and write in response to these things.

So, today's prompt is to take take 10 minutes (or more) to put pen to paper and write in response to the question, What's important — what really matters — to me? If it helps you to cut to the marrow, perhaps cast yourself on your deathbed.

From that vantage point, what really and truly matters to you? Beyond the art of writing, this question can also lead us towards wisdom, helping us to consciously consider how we want to live our lives such that when our time is nearing its end we don't look back with regret at having frittered away precious time on less than foundational pursuits.

As always with #wpthu, write longhand (it's good to get away from the computer for a while, and to reawaken your writing hand). Nurture a sense of letting go of any creative burden, self-critical judgment, or comparison (with yourself in times past, or with others). Keep your pen moving. And honor, truly honor, whatever flows through you and onto the page. This is great practice in learning to trust in the process.

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