200 Day Journal-Prompt 72

As we head into the fifth week of our journaling journey – SEE the layout of the land- and prompts schedule here, I hope you are taking at least a few minutes each day to check in with your journaling practice. Or maybe you need to just schedule some dates with yourself in your planner to prioritize some reflective writing. Whatever you need to do to fit in this writing time, I encourage you to do so, as it truly will lead you to places beneficial to your well being. Be sure and create your own schedule and journaling practice based on your needs – no one elses!

OK, here we go…

Prompt 72- Do not wait for others to open the right doors for you.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time or just know me, you know I love me a fortune cookie like nothing else on God’s good green earth! I have bought them by the case and used them as openers for my journaling workshops and classes and I have used them to share a smile with a friend. I also love my favorite Asian restaraunts for keeping my stash of yummy word-filled cookies current.

Let’s break down this journaling prompt, and see how the cookie crumbles, shall we? Looking at this prompt, notice the statement, see the possibility of a question or two, and consider the arbitrary. Don’t dismiss what pops into your head first..but allow yourself to sit with the word possibilities as well…as always you are free to flip this prompt anyway you want, let’s look at a few options I am offering.

Statement:Do not wait for others to open the right doors for you.” – As you ponder the words, start your sentence as a response to the statement with a statement, argument, alternative view, or affirmation such as:

I am not one to wait for anyone to open doors for me…

I have always considered myself as someone who…

I disagree with this statement because…/I agree with this statement because…

I am one who believes… /As far as waiting for others to open the right doors for me, I …

Question: What questions arise for YOU from this statement, I’ll share some, but see if there are some that come up completely unrelated and feel free to respond as you feel led. For instance:

What ways do I think I have waited for others to open doors for me?

What doors have been closed to me because I waited to respond?

Have I waited for permission to act instead of trusting myself when opportunities have arisen?

How many times have I given away my power instead of owning it?

What wisdom is hidden in this statement? What foolishness?

Arbitrary: Write about doors, literally or metaphorically. Write a poem about doors. What images come to your mind when you think of a door. Write about waiting, patience, or the power of gentleness, the beautyf of meekness or the hidden quality of humility.

As you can see the opportunities, directions and cookie crumbs provided by one fortune cookie are endless! Thanks for joining in. Happy journaling!

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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