200 Day Journal Prompt 58/200

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Prompt 58: Worth telling (for ten minutes)

What is worth telling today? Yesterday? What truly can be judged worthy to tell? What stories are worth telling, remembering, holding on to? Today’s prompt could lead you on an adventure or it might offer you the opportunity to turn around and go home. Whether you press on or pause, today is a day of reckoning.

This prompt is a timed writing adventure. At the end of ten minutes of writing on the prompt of your choice from below, you will stop/pause at the ten minute mark and decide whether to continue writing on the same prompt or choose to write for another ten minutes on one of the other prompt options.

Option 1. What is the story you most want to tell… today? Write it now.

Option 2. Respond in your journal to any part or in whole to these J.R.R. Tolkien quotes. You can also pull out a portion, a question or any part of it that grabs at your gut, or heart. Remember, write ten minutes, then pause.

“It’s like the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad has happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer. I know now folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” (Samwise Gamgee)

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” (Haldir)

Option 3. If there are some things worth telling, there must be some things that are not worth telling at all. Make a list of all the things that are not worth telling. Or journal about the one thing you are most tired of people telling, talking about in the news, your neighborhood, or your home. Perhaps, if you like- journal some positive ways to respond or avoid indulging in unworthy words and conversations.

Option 4. Tattletales -Journal about a time you were “told on” as a child, or when you behaved as a tattletale yourself. What did you learn in these experiences?

Your fine reward for this journaling effort is to watch the following video, at your convenience. And journal about it!

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

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