List It!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I thought that this month, I’d change things up a bit. July’s prompts are actually writing seeds from a class I took some years ago. Hope you like them:

List It!

     Make a list of writing “seeds”. Under each category, make your own list. This doesn’t have to be done at one sitting, and it doesn’t have to be static. It can change and grow as you do. Use it as a jumping off point to spark your creativity.

Significant people in my life

What fascinates me

Fears

Favorite foods

Certain smells

Memorable meals

Family stories

Regrets

Accomplishments

Unfinished business

     Under each category, make a list of things off the top of your head. Take just a minute or two. This should give you a little subject matter. Whenever you’re stuck, get out your list and pick something or add something. As years trudge on, the list will grow and change – just like you.

“Til next time,

~Sallie

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Challenge

 

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Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.

What the mind of a person can conceive and believe, he or  she can achieve.

            Paul

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Walking on Water

 

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Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever read a book that you knew had changed your life? For me, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg is such a book. It profoundly changed the way I look at my relationship with God and the relationships in my life.

The reference to “walking on water” comes from the Biblical account of Peter’s encounter with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. First Jesus had to get the apostles’ attention Then, because He wanted them to do something extraordinary, He told Peter to “Come” and “Do not be afraid”. Wow, now that’s what is called a tremendous opportunity!

Ortberg goes on to explain about water-walkers and we discover what our boat represents.  He talks about the fear of leaving our comfort zone, of the challenge of risk, of “seeing  the wind”, of learning to wait, and finally, our response.

For those of you, who are wondering why I would recommend a “religious” book, well, I’ll tell you. The author, without being “Preachy’, takes you on a great adventure. He invites you to pack your bags and take a risk. I had always been shy around people I did not know. If attending a meeting, I always scanned the room for someone I knew first. I hardly ever volunteered to do something out of my comfort zone. My “boat” was fear. After reading this book, I became more assertive, friendly and I took on assignments at work and church that had once terrified me. I now recommend this book to everyone I meet.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Random Thought on courage

 

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Remember to seek out anything that stirs your heart and soul, and every morning put a teaspoon of courage in your coffee, tea or orange juice and be ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of the day.

 Paul Colella

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Summer Camp Blues

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Below is another great post from MaryBeth. Enjoy!

~Sallie

Dear Mommy and Daddy”. I knew in an instant what the letter I was reading would be about. Our son, “T” was at his first ever summer camp and a long (on my part) 2 weeks had passed when the letter arrived in the mail. “T” is our oldest and the idea of time away from home seemed like a great adventure when he first broached the subject with us.

I remember the brochure promised safety, well-trained counselors, art and sport activities and a chance for our boys to be on their own. “T” was very excited when we told him he could go. Thank goodness, my husband helped him pack, as everything would have disappeared into his duffel bag if it had fit! “He’ll be fine”, my husband told me as we watched the travelers drive away.

I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do, that he needed to spread his wings and fly away (at least for a month!) and that he’d have a wonderful time. But oh, I missed him! The summer days were long without him and my “helper” was, temporarily his younger sister. Car trips to the library weren’t the same and neither were the sun-dappled days of playing catch or lemonade coloring days on our deck.

“I’m having a great time! T.J. (his best friend from home) and I won the fishing contest!” Well, I thought as I continued to read. It was good that T.J. was with him as he knew someone at least.  “Yesterday, we had macaroni and cheese for lunch, but it didn’t taste as good as yours, Mommy.” Here it comes, I thought…… but the next sentence really surprised me. “This is really a great place and I hope you’ll let me come again next year.”  Ok, I’ll admit it – I lost it!

My husband was perplexed and then said some words that I heard in the shelter of his arms. “Mary Beth, he’s having a wonderful time. He’s learning and laughing and being a boy. He has to grow up sometime. You’re a great Mom and he loves you as we all do. I think you have a case of the Summer Camp Blues. How about we gather up the kids and head over to the diner for dinner?”

Summer Camp Survivor,

Mary Beth

 

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