Weekly Writing Prompt #47

As everyone is starting to head back to work and school, I find myself dreaming about a longer vacation. Unfortunately, the disconnect between our dream lives and reality is extremely common. Equally as common is the habit of brainstorming escape routes in order to find a place in life where we don’t have to sit in an office all day, wishing we were out on the beach. There is another, less common, yet more favorable way to deal with this though. It’s the knowledge that no matter where you are, you you can make it the happy place you are dream about.

It’s all about changing the way you think and letting go of ‘stuff’. For example, if you wake up every morning and say, ‘What a great place I have to live in today. I don’t know about tomorrow, but today is going to be great!’ you have a better experience and and can enjoy what you have without worrying about what you don’t have.

Even if you’re back at work, you still have choices. You can choose to be miserable, or you can choose to feel like you’re still on vacation and focus on the things around you that are beautiful. So much of our lives are dictated by chasing a huge paycheck or achieving a higher level of success. But at the end of the day, what does that really matter? When did work become the only thing that matters? If we can adopt the mentality that work is a means to live the rest of our lives, and that’s it, we can be a lot happier. You only get one life to live. It may be basic, but we could all use a reminder of it every now and then.

So this week’s prompt is to get you thinking about the feeling of a vacation, even if you’re not on one. Enjoy!

Toa Heftiba

Weekly Writing Post #45

Theodor Geisel published over 60 books during his lifetime, 44 as Dr Seuss. He remains one of the most beloved children's authors in the world. In 1957, he wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which ten years later, on this day, was first aired as an animated television special. It has since gone on to become a perennial holiday tradition in some form or another (Ron Howard directed a full length feature of the story in 2000, starring Jim Carey as the Grinch).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is about how, even when all of their material gifts end up in the Grinch's bag, the people of Whoville still celebrated Christmas because really, you can’t actually steal Christmas. Christmas is a good feeling and sense of community that lives inside all the Whos, gifts or no gifts. Which is why the Grinch's plan fails (spoilers! ;)).

So in the spirit of Dr Seuss and his Grinch, this week’s prompt is a reminder that the whole ‘buying’ and ‘receiving’ thing isn't the point. In fact, it's entirely beside the point. However you celebrate this season, be too busy celebrating to worry about the things a lot of people think this time of year is about, like expensive (or cheap) gifts. Enjoy time with your loved ones and be like the Whos, who came together despite their differences in age or opinion and have a wonderful Christmas, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka and Yule.

Roberto Nickson