Thursday, June 2, 2011

connection is transformational

today's prompt: The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?

passionate, powerful, fearless--these are challenging words for me. i know i have some work to do before i could use them to describe me. maybe that's why i'm struggling with this one strong belief prompt. what i can say is this: i believe connection is transformational. i believe who we are is shaped most intensely in relationship with other human beings, for better and for worse. we are wired for connection from our earliest days in the womb, and i don't think that ever goes away. life is best lived in relationships that allow and encourage us to be most fully who we are.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


today's prompt:
If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

today was crowned by a sweet, sweet walk with my daughter, who roared each time she saw a dandelion.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

the story i need to tell

the prompt:
You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.
1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

15 minutes to live? 15 minutes to write the story that has to be written? see how a quick change to italics renders the task one of monumental significance. all too easily, i have created an obstacle that feels too large for me to overcome. i've made it bigger than it needs to be and used too many words to say nothing at all. i've spent far too much time writing and deleting and rewriting, shifting words around, piecing them together so they read as flawless and effortless when that's not at all how the process works. it strikes me as i type that that's not how life works either though i've certainly tried that approach. the clock is running down. i have less than 3 minutes left, and i haven't really even started. maybe that is the story i need to tell.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

only be

my eyes lock with yours.
i'm completely laid bare
in this space, in this moment in time
it is almost too much
cause despite how i want, even ache, to be seen
you should know
i am scared of it, too.

and so now that we're past all the bullshit and games,
all the cards i hold close to my chest are displayed,
and i'm out.

fresh out of words to distract or deflect
or defend or place distance or just disconnect.
out in the open, exposed, so to speak
in the silence that echoes between
you and me in this room.

what in the hell is this place that we're in,
and just what is the point of it all?

i breathe in and breathe out
and blink eyes one, two, three
and acknowledge the beat of my heart.
i watch you as you breathe and you blink and you beat
and i think
no, don't think
only be.

only be all that's me
so whatever you see
is what's true
and you'll do
what you will
i will be
be as still
just as still
as i can.

and however it goes
i'll take care not to break,
not take eyes off your face,
hold your gaze
in this place
it is sacred.

Friday, March 25, 2011

be present

what to write when
there are no words.
when everything's been said
a million times before with
more eloquence and flair.

i sit in an oversized chair and listen as
one seeks to access things that are deeper and
another wants to know what it all means and
how to proceed, which, indeed, is
the question of the hour.

try that again.
be present to you.
be present to me.
and i will do the same.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

who we are

another new-ish year. another attempt at blogging. my word for 2011 is cultivate.

cultivate creativity. cultivate connection. cultivate craft.

i think maybe writing is a part of this word for me. tonight i returned to this blog that has been dormant for over 2 years. i deleted the majority of what was here because it was mostly pictures, nearly all of which were not very good in terms of composition or content. i left the original posts, though, because they are what i want this blog to be about. and, interestingly enough, the word cultivate appears in the very first entry. coincidence? surely not. perhaps this word has been stirring for a while. whatever the case may be, i know it's time to do something with it. to listen to it. to lean into it. to learn from it.

a week or so ago i read this lovely phrase: the syntax of the cynic. it spoke to me of the importance of language. we are what we say, and we say what we are...or maybe who we are. the way we give voice to our thoughts, our actions, and our emotions unveils so much of who we are and how we make meaning of life. i suppose that's a good reminder as i embark upon a yet another adventure with words.

here we go again.