Thursday, May 10, 2012

Writing Prompt Thursday (#wpthu): 10 May 2012

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WE'RE JUST four days away from our planned departure date of Monday, 14 May. This is the same day we're obliged to depart our beloved flat Behind the Blue Door, a place which has accommodated so much — Mufidah's day-to-day work and home life before we got together, our lives together the past two-plus years, and many a lovely morning and evening class, or Saturday workshop, as well as one-to-one sessions, be they with my Mindful Living Guide, or Mufidah's Mac Made Easy, clients.

Now we have a steady stream of folk stopping by to buy a piece of furniture, to have a look 'round the various other things we have for sale (e.g., dining room table/chairs, Victorian pine table, bedside cabinets, bookshelves, bedframe, butcher's block, lamp tables, miscellaneous kitchenware, simplehuman bin, oil-filled radiator with thermostat/timer, Miele hoover, office furniture/equipment/supplies), or to just stop by to say goodbye. We also had the Gorringe's man here today, sizing things up for possible auction, and a delivery man who dropped off moving boxes for us to properly store those relative few things we'll be keeping.

In short order we've also become experts of sorts on European travel car insurance policies, having spent a ridiculous amount of time on this key task without which no extended Continental travels would be possible. And as those of you who've been keeping up with our preparations already know, last week we managed to renew our '98 Fiat Punto's MOT (and tax disc) after having had some welding work done to the car.

Now, with just four days left, there's the near-inevitable crush of countless things still to be done. So, we'll continue to be busy-beavering hither and thither over these final four days. However, we mustn't let Writing Prompt Thursday pass without a final prompt being issued forth from Behind the Blue Door.

Today's #wpthu prompt ...

Today's prompt is inspired by one which a one-to-one writing client and I wrote in response to this past Monday, while May Day celebrants paraded below on the Lewes High Street.

Make yourself a cuppa, get comfortable, and have yourself, ten years hence, write a letter to you just as you are today. Before you begin, actually date the letter ten years into the future, address it to yourself, and see what your wiser, ten-years-older self has to say to you now in this moment. Be curious, and allow yourself to be surprised by what your elder self might have to share with you.

As always with #wpthu, write longhand (it's good 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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