Three-Word Wednesday is a writing prompt site where, oddly enough, three words are posted each Wednesday. The idea is to create a piece of writing that includes all three words.
I used to do this challenge from time to time a few years ago, and I decided recently that I would like to get back into it.
The words for this week are: harrowing, imperfect, and lame.
Here is what I did with them:
Your legs are battered, scarred
with barely-healed wounds,
leftovers from running from
a harrowing past.
Yet you still stand.
Your walk may be imperfect;
Only you can render yourself lame.
My dog, Piper, lives to go play fetch on the beach. Rain, shine, snow — you name it, she’s raring to go. And not only does Piper run up and down the cold wet sand, but she will gleefully lay down in the crashing waves each and every single month of the year.
That fur coat can only go so far. The rest of it must be sheer enthusiasm. While three humans stand there and shiver in the wind, she and her friend Bacon fetch again and again.
We do this year round, usually every Saturday morning and occasional holidays. I am not as enthusiastic as Piper, however.
I loathe winter.
My Facebook Friends are accustomed to seeing daily posts on my wall, counting down the number of days until Spring. (We are down to 78, in case you are wondering.) I hate the cold. I hate the driving. I hate the walking. I hate the dark. Winter and I are not friends.
But this year I am feeling somewhat sheepish about my attitude, thanks to my reading of one Henry David Thoreau, especially after reading this passage from his Journals, dated August 23, 1853:
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. … Open all your pores and bathe in all the tides of Nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons.”
So today I bundled up and headed off to the beach, put on a brave face, and tried to muster as much enthusiasm as possible. But …
Really, Henry? Really?
Ever get the feeling you’re on the very cusp of something big?
That’s how I’m feeling today — as if 2016 is more than just a fresh start, a new calendar. It feels as if it will be a year of fruition — a coming-together of things set in motion in February of 2012.
I am pretty excited to see what the coming year holds.
Today is a day of reflection. What things do I want more of in 2016? What things do I want to have less of in my life?
My two focus words for the coming year are “SIMPLIFY” and “PLAN.”
Today I am deciding where I want to be a year from now, and how I PLAN to get there. I want to SIMPLIFY my life — streamline it, so I can focus on what matters, and eliminate as much as possible that which doesn’t.
I’m not making resolutions this year. I am just going to be make my life even better than it already is.