Last week, I asked that you do a prompt that suggested you take a look back and make notes about the past week. A week in review is a good way to summarize your experience, but it also provides a bit of distance that allows you to find the things that most stand out for you. I look back, each day, to the day before. Often little things that would have slipped my notice if I hadn’t done so. Things that have emotional significance, and sometimes thought provoking ideas that I might have missed in the process of living each day and making my way through the jumble. It is a daily practice of sorting this from that.
Clarrissa Pinkola Estes, says in her book, Women Who Run With Wolves, that sorting this from that, finding the things you want to keep, versus those you don’t need, is a practice in honing your intuition. She points out that in fairytales, legends, and myths, the young girl who is the main character within the story is often given a task, wherein she must sort a certain substance from a huge pile of mixed ingredients. This is the honing of her intuitive abilities to discern what needs to be kept, from what needs to be released. Sometimes it takes only a glance, other times, for emotional and other hidden reasons, we hang onto things that might best be left behind. This is not necessarily a unique request of the feminine psyche.
I just watched Toy Story III. I know it is a very current movie, but the main task within the story is that the young man going off to college must sort out what he will take with him, versus that which will either be stored away, and what might be tossed out permanently. Periodically, we are asked, by circumstance, to sort through what we will keep and what must be let go of. And I will admit that I struggle at these times, often hanging on to things that aren’t necessary to my current reality, but have emotional or sentimental meaning to no one else other than my own person.
The prompt for this week is to go back, in memory, to a time when circumstances brought about this process of sorting for you. What did you let go of? What did you keep? You can write about one specific thing, or many, whichever you choose. But, try to remember what your reasons were for holding on to one thing, but letting go of others. Do those things still hold precedence over others, or have the perspectives, feelings and thoughts, changed? You can write in whatever format you choose. If you would prefer a simple prose, perhaps punctuated by dashes, or ellipses(…), do so. If you feel this is more suited to poetry, do what is most comfortable for you.
Whatever you decide, write it out. If you wish to share it, please come back and leave your URL for those of us who wish to read. If you have comments or questions about the prompt itself, then by all means use the comments section below and open a possible discussion. The choices are yours, and remember this is personal writing and does not have to shared with anyone. But, it is important to make note of it for your own self-exploration.
Have fun and write.