Here we are at 10 whole weeks!
This weekend I drove with my parents, down to San Diego to attend my youngest brother's graduation. We spent 34 hours in the car and 48 hours with my siblings. It was a whirlwind. And I am tired of sitting!
On the way home as we flew past the Idaho state line and waited not so patiently for Boise, we watched a huge dark storm drench the rolling hills on the horizon. I've never seen anything like it. I have this habit, at least since I've been living in Boise... if there is any chance of rain on a given day, it wil come when I am halfway through a long walk with Oliver, then it's a soaking wet sprint all the way home. The weather always seems to catch me offguard here. But, not when you can see it coming from a long way off.
I notice there is a story I keep trying to finish... I get so close and stop myself before I reach the finish line. I haven't figured out why. It comes to me like a surprise storm. It soaks me and leaves before I understand what's happening.
It's time that I take my own advice...
There is a writing prompt I used to use with my students... when they seemed unusually distracted or overwhelmed. I thought it would be a good one for today.
So, here it is... journal prompt #10: This one has three steps.
- Take out a blank piece of paper and a pen. You can't use a laptop for this one. Sorry. Draw a circle that kinda/sorta represents your head. You can label it: my brain, if you like.
- Spend 5 minutes filling that circle with everything you are thinking about. Random stuff, big questions. You can draw pictures or symbols. You can use bullet points... As long as you understand it.
- Take a good look at that head of yours. Are there more positives than negatives? Note the silly things and the more pressing needs. Now, spend 10 more minutes on those pressing needs. Flip your paper over and write down those pressing things... and for each one, write out a truthful response. What I mean is, a lot of the time, those pressing things we tell ourselves are lies that we need to counter with the truth so that we can lay them down and move on. Other times, the thoughts that weigh on our minds are things we haven't had the courage to address - even though, when we are quiet with ourselves, we already know what we should do.
Be honest with yourself. What's on your mind? This one is gonna take some courage!
This Is Not The End,