Today is Day 30 of the 31 Days of Writing challenge. For 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes, the theme is CUT.
Cut it out!
Make the cut. You didn’t make the cut.
We use the word cut in so many ways.
We can cut paper with scissors and cut people out of our lives. We cut in front of people in line and end a scene during filming with the word “Cut!”.
It seems so final – cut – and even a bit aggressive.
I use scissors a lot when I create a collage. The act of cutting is precise, gets the job done and is enjoyable as I create. I have the piece I need, in the size and shape I want, to place on my collage.
Too many do cutting in a more horrific way – to cut themselves, to ease the pain.
We can take a shortcut on our way home, but can we take shortcuts when trying to do a good job?
For Day 19 for the 31 Days of Writing challenge, the prompt was NOTICE.
To see (notice) a world in a grain of sand
And Heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour
These words by the poet William Blake have always struck me as impossible – but so beautifully written.
When you look closely and really think about the words on a deeper level, we have the opportunity to see so much more if we only notice the world around us.
Each day there are miracles all around us – the beauty of a glorious sunrise, the blossoms in our gardens, the delicate wings of a colourful butterfly, the smile of a young child. We are witness to so much if we only take the time to see, to hear, to feel. We need to stop and smell the roses over and over again – to notice our world with new eyes each day.
The prompt for Day 22 of the 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes was OFF.
Off to the races
When I read the word for today, the phrases above came to me first.
Switch on, switch off. This makes me think of how easily some people are able to switch their feelings, their thoughts, even their beliefs. We seem to switch on when we are in company and then switch off when we’re alone.
Why does it take others to change our feelings, change how we act? Why can’t we just be consistent – whether alone or in a group?