A Reflective Beginning
Stepping from the shower this morning, I gazed into the mirror. “Yes, it’s March,” I thought. Time for MY second annual participation in the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Story Challenge. Time to step up my writing game. Time to get up extra early. Time to up my active involvement in this wonderful community of writers known as “Slicers.” Time to post everyday. Time to comment everyday. Time to share.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this writing challenge, let me briefly explain: Every March for the last eleven years, the blog Two Writing Teachers has issued a challenge to educators and interested readers who wish to participate in some of the things I outlined above. It is a challenge to live like a writer for one month (and there are prizes!). This means, walking through life, being wide awake across each day, breathing in any all moments, and filtering those moments for their possible story grist potential. Every day, those of us participating write a small moment story, post it to our blogs, and comment on the small moment stories of others.
Since last April, my life changed drastically when I lost my beloved mother to cancer. And so, as I approach this year’s challenge, I am starkly cognizant of the fleeting nature of life. We simply do not know what the next day will bring, even what the next moment will bring. None of us do. But having selected “Grateful” as my one little word (#OLW18) to guide me this year, I have resolved to know that for each day- for each moment – I am grateful.
Wiping away the fog from the bathroom mirror, I studied my face. No, I cannot profess to be excited. But that’s okay. Last year I was excited. This year, not so much. But that’s okay. It really is okay. This morning I realized that looking forward to writing doesn’t always mean excitement. I would venture to guess that not all of us approach our writing with excitement every time we sit down to write. And that’s okay… isn’t it? A mentor once taught me that it is behind our commitments that we align our actions. Feelings are much more temporal. And so I suppose I might say that making a commitment to writing this month is exciting, as I know this journey- this “March” – will yield a positive outcome. An outcome for which I will certainly be grateful.
So here’s to all of us participating. And here’s to my 31 days of Gratitude. And… we are off! Let’s do this.