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Fifteen Minutes To Live

Here is the first #Trust30 writing prompt:

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.

1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

Well! That’s a pretty serious idea and “serious” is not my strong point, but here I go anyway.

What I did with my 15 minutes: I took the first 10 minutes and just thought about the idea of having only a short (and I do mean short) time left to live. I wish I had taken time to think before acting or talking many, many times. It’s good advice for me to follow, right up to the end. With my last 5 minutes, I have decided to give thanks, sort of like an actor’s speech when accepting an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

There are a few specific Thank You’s that I think I am quite late in delivering.

To the driver who honked at me, screaming out his window when I turned left into his lane while he was in it, Thank You. I was wrong; I made a mistake. You noticed me and you altered your path, however grudgingly, and kept us from having an accident. Lest anyone wonder about my motives here, I assure you that I am sincere in my gratitude. I would much rather be on the receiving end of angry words and vulgar gestures than be in an accident, and I truly was in the wrong.

To the unknown person who picked up and mailed my lost, already stamped postcard to my brother while I was visiting Austin in 1973 (or thereabouts), Thank You. I have no idea when it fell out of my back pocket. I was happy and surprised when my brother told me he received my postcard.

There’s more but 5 minutes isn’t a very long time, is it?

#Trust30 #01


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Another Writing Challenge

I signed up for yet another writing challenge. I’m already participating in the WordPress Postaday2011 challenge on this blog and the WordPress Postaweek2011 challenge on my other blog, It’s a long story. I came across this new, 30-day challenge via a Facebook friend Patti Digh.

I’m already posting every day on this blog so this will just be another source of writing prompts. (And don’t forget my Plinky writing prompts!) This 30-day writing challenge is to celebrate Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 208th birthday. While the WordPress Postaday2011 challenge is a blogging challenge, the Ralph Waldo Emerson challenge is a writing challenge. Blogging is one option, journaling another. I will usually post my challenge entries.

You can find more information about this writing challenge on the Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance page. The #Trust30 is the Twitter tag.

Next: The first prompt.