Lenten Challenge – Day 3

The plan was not this.  The plan was getting a post up before noon today, finding a stride in blog discipline and offering a daily prompt more promptly.  But last night we stayed up late watching news out of Japan.  Overwhelmed by the images on the late broadcasts.  Fear-filled and anxious at news that the tsunami resulting from the devastating earthquake halfway round the world might impact the coast nearby.  Not present to what was at 1 am.  Worrying about what might be by 7 am.

Then the plan to leave for appointments by 7:30 am was jeopardized by restless sleeping, and morning news scheduled to be announced after 8:00 if our transit system would be closed due to flooding.  Waiting for the first waves to land near Crescent City at 7:24.  The day has unfolded with sadness at the tremendous loss of life.  I hold awe at the power of mother earth, and humble acceptance at my own powerlessness.  I am jittery at the fragility of life, the nervous reminder of living on a fault line (not that one ever forgets around here).

Pausing now at 5pm.  Under a bright blue sky.  Life is pausing with what is.  Letting go what might be at 6, or 10pm.    Waves of sorrow, waves of grief.  Waves of awe, fear and trembling.  Waves of hope for good news and miracles.  Waves of memory.   Bowing down to the unknown.  Greeting the blue sky with gratitude.

Prompt: I remember….

write for 10 minutes…keep your hand moving and remember the rules for writing practice.

  1. Keep your hand moving. (Don’t pause to reread the line you have just written. That’s stalling and trying to get control of what you’re saying. Don’t stop until the time is up.)
  2. Don’t cross out. (That is editing as you write. Even if you write something you didn’t mean to write, leave it. Don’t backspace.)
  3. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. (Don’t even care about staying within the margins and lines on the page.)
  4. Lose control.
  5. Don’t think. Don’t get logical.
  6. Go for the jugular. (If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.)


2 thoughts on “Lenten Challenge – Day 3

  1. Let’s not forget that no place on earth is really free from the possibility of natural catastrophe. For those of you living in earthquake country, take a moment to think about what you would do in the event of a large quake locally. Devise and review an action plan with those living with you and prepare an earthquake kit. You can find a list of items here: http://72hours.org/build_kit.html.

    Be safe!

  2. Pingback: Lenten Challenge – Day 11 « RipeLifeBlog

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