For A River of Stones
She said she didn’t understand.
While trying to explain,
I learned even more.
Elizabeth Crawford 1/10/11
Journal Writing Prompt #12
Last week we explored identity through the meaning of our own names. This week, I would like you to look at what others come to you for, and expect to receive. Do those requests fit your own sense of who and what you are? You can make a list of individuals, or simply a list of the most often repeated requests. Hone in on one of them and write about how you feel and respond to that request.
Example: I find that most people want my time. They want to be heard, listened to, and wait for a response. I will usually comply, but if the request comes from several people at the same time, I become flustered and have a tendency to withdraw into silence. Part of my identity is found in one on one communication. I want to understand and to be understood. Too many requests of this sort is over-stimulation, too much to handle. I need the time to process and respond. I tell others to slow it down and just breathe, but often forget to do that very thing. When I don’t do it, I hyperventilate on a mental level, so my silence is my breathing space.
I am aware that different things are asked for at different ages and circumstances. When my children were young, the requests were far different than when they were older. But, the same can be said of my grandchildren. However, the fact that they are my grandchildren means the requests themselves are a bit different. Part of who we are, how we see ourselves comes from those requests at different ages, times, and circumstance. You may want to look at this prompt from different perspectives.
Mine is a very brief example, and only one suggestion. You are free to take this one wherever it wants to go. If you find something you want to share, either bring it back here and use the comments section, or leave a URL to your own blog. And again, this is personal exploration of your own person, so sharing is only at your choosing.
Have fun and write.