LATELY, I have been incredibly fascinated with the concept of mind mapping: jotting down our thoughts in a rather organized fashion in order to visually capture trends and themes not easily apparent when information is scattered and jumbled in our brains. Since December I have been noticing very distinct occurrences that are thoughtfully connected to a more climatic scene or idea, much like my previous mention of how firmly I believe in the universe conspiring itself to bring us to our fate.
Two conversations I had last weekend echoed confirmation that I must practice mind mapping, that there is something special waiting for to reveal itself to me…until then, today’s new installation of 5 writing prompts strongly explores the art of gratitude and retrospection of the previous year, and so much more. Previous 5 writing prompts.
Photo: The Glam Pad
If you could identify one thing to be grateful for from last year, what would it be? Was it the development of a new friendship? A discovery of something new? Perhaps it was rekindling with an old love? Write about what brought you to that exact moment or thing and how you plan to continually revisit it in the new year.
Writing prompt inspired by: On Being Grateful In 2016
A friend of mine was having trouble deciding on what types of goods to donate to a canned food drive. We discussed why food banks have particular specifications for donated goods and it led to the topic of gratefulness. When we think about an act of service, does the existence of gratefulness for that act of service have any relation to the quality of it? Should we be grateful merely because someone does something for us? How do we measure return on investment for an act of service versus how grateful the receiving end should be?
Writing prompt inspired by: On Measuring ROI On Gratitude
MY IDEAL WINTER HOLIDAY: crispy, curly, crunchy golden leaves, holding hot beverages in hand (tea or coffee, whichever you like), busting out coats and cardigans, forever sweater weather, baking pasta or anything that puts an oven to use, cozying up by a warm fireplace, hypnosis by flickering of candle light, the sharpness of year-end air, the smell of wet pavement and dirt, cold hands meeting warm hands, bundled up in scarves, stealing kisses underneath mistletoes, secretly searching for THE perfect gift and the excuses we make to inch a little closer to each other…
Do you enjoy the winter season? Why or why not?
Writing prompt inspired by: Why Winter Is My Favorite Holiday Season
Two of my most important goals last year were: relaunching this website and gaining enough strength to do 30 pushups in one set. Proudly, both were fulfilled! Did you have any particular goals you set out to accomplish last year? What significance did they hold and did you accomplish any? For those that did not work out, what did you learn from it?
Writing prompt inspired by: Looking Back at 2016
From visiting a particular used bookstore for the first time on Valentine’s Day, I was met with an overwhelming desire to reignite an undying passion for writing. Picking up books from world renowned and local poets reminded me of all the poetry I had written when I was younger, but I could not recollect if I had ever saved my material. For a while I lived with “regret” believing I had no records of my writing only to find it hiding digitally in Google Drive, all thanks to a younger (and clearly smart!) me.
Have you ever felt as if you would live with regret due to something you did NOT do? What watered that feeling to life and what ushered it to vanish?
Writing prompt inspired by: My First Visit To The Last Bookstore