In the end, it’s not about how much we do, but how we do it.
I’m not stating anything new or profound. Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.”
My beginning as a blogger started in March of 2013. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that I’ve been dazzling and/or boring you with the written word for almost eight years. Lucky you.
It has been a love of mine. I found a passion in writing that I will never have in math or science or bungee jumping off a bridge. I enjoy the art, but also found I enjoy the comraderie of fellow bloggers. I’ve made friends around the world, even though I may never get to meet most of them, or at least not until this pandemic is over.
Writing about cats, a bicycle, my mother, one-liners, work, people, politics, family and faith, and attempting photography and poetry without much experience has been fun, joyful, cathartic and a way to keep this old brain from turning to Jell-O. It has been both a stress-reliever and an exercise in exploring the thesaurus for impressive, ten-cent, flowery words.
I adore this thing, the writing and blogging and getting to know all of you a little better, the latter of which brings me to an assignment I have from the writing course I started this week.
The instructor of the course hates small talk. He is surrounded by it often on planes, in cabs and at hotels, so he likes to ask unusual questions, like “When was the last time you touched a monkey?” He encourages students to do the same in order to get to know people better – hold a more stimulating conversation than, “Nice weather we’re having.” This is something that could prove difficult for me because I would never ask the monkey question of a friend or stranger. I might ask when was the last time you touched a snake, but not a monkey. That’s too weird.
Anyhow, my assignment is to ask five people (friends or strangers) an unusual question and see how they respond. Write it down. Maybe use it later in an essay or short story. Or I could use this as an excuse to also complete the weekly SoCS assignment and be done with both.
So, I ask you kindly to answer one (or more if you’re willing) of the following unusual questions in the comments field. Do not be afraid. Your answer will not be used against you in a court of law or in judgment or in a snarky MJM post. This is only an attempt for me to get to know you a little better, perhaps start a conversation, have a little laugh and move on. Ready? Go!
- Have you ever eaten anchovies on a pizza? Or something really disgusting?
- Are you afraid of large animals like cows or deer or zebras?
- As a child, did you ever torture spiders or bugs out of curiosity?
- Do you know “kiss my butt” in a foreign language? Which language?
- Outside of breaking the law, what makes you feel guilty enough to want to do penance?
- Do you have any friends named Mary (not me)? Tell me a little about her.
- Have you ever touched a snake or a goat?
- What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read, good or bad?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what is the first thing you would eat?
- Is there anything you really want to do but are afraid to press “go?”
That’s it. Pick one, answer and enjoy your Saturday.
As for writing and blogging, I hope to be around another eight years – make new friends, hang onto old friends, and wave to passers-by. Keep your interest. Make you laugh or smile or think a bit.
It’s inevitable that one day this blogging business will end for one reason or another, but I’m not done yet. There’s much more love to put in the doing, beginning again every day.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ““the beginning, the end.” Write about the beginning of something and the end of something. Bonus points if your first sentence contains “the end” and your last sentence contains “the beginning.” <– Read that again. Have fun!“