Welcome June! And welcome to Friday Night Quickwrite where I give a prompt each Friday and invite you to write along with us anytime this week.
Today’s prompt is a tweet from Alan J. Wright. Alan wrote this poem while in the middle of the pandemic, but I think we can still take his wise advise on any given day and at any time in our lives. Read his words and let them take you to a time, a place, or a moment in your life that was stormy. What jewelled fragment did you find? How did you resist the tempest? Where did you find the strength? You could even take a line or a word and write off of it. The important part is that you free your mind and let your words flow.
The line “resist the tempest” is what was speaking to me today. I have so many temptations that are keeping from doing things I need to be doing. I am trying to take care of ME this summer, and there are too many temptations. I am searching for that “jewelled fragment” that is being offered. As I wrote in my notebook, I realized that maybe I am searching for the whole jewel and not just a fragment. Maybe I am wanting too much, too soon.
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Leigh Anne jumped into summer today, as today was the first pool day of the season. When not teaching 6th grade ELA, she enjoys reading and writing poolside.
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“Each day before it passes will offer some jeweled fragment to calm us” This line spoke to me. I have been keeping a gratitude journal for over 5 years now and I have noticed that even on the bleakest of days there will be at least one moment of love/kindness/compassion/beauty that touches you. At first, it was hard for me to find things but now my view has changed with this daily practice. Each morning I write down something from the day before that I am so grateful for. Some days it is small – a cool breeze- and others are more significant. I have been able to see small jeweled fragments during the bereavement of my parents and my sister’s cancer journey. Each daily fragment gives you something to grasp onto so you can keep hope in you. I also think sometimes it takes years before you can recognize the jewels that shown through the storms of life.
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This is very inspiring Cathy. I have started gratitude journal writing several times but have never continued it. Your words give me an incentive to pick it back up again.