My brother’s mother-in-love Lorraine directed me toward a 30 day writing project that takes its inspiration from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Without a single pause to wonder how or when I would respond to all the daily prompts, I immediately signed up and committed myself to a month of introspection and celebration of self.

One perk, of course, is that “Ralph Waldo Emerson” now appears as a sender in my inbox, and come on, what English teacher doesn’t love that?

Before I go any further, if you want to check this out, here is the link to the project.

Okay, here we go…

Prompt #1:

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.

1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

If you look for me when I am gone, know that part of me will be in every blade of grass between your bare toes, in the wild rolling tides that break against the lighthouse shore, in the songs you sing most loudly when no one can hear, in your lips wet with rain, in soft moonlight glowing on the floor beside your bed, and in the words I leave behind. My life was all the better because you were here. I never knew what a miracle was, until there was you. For all the times I told you that I loved you, no words could ever really express how deep and timeless that love really was. It goes on now. It always goes on, even now, even when you are reading these words curled up in a soft place inside of yourself, even with my spirit already gone on the wind. In a world of dodging tragedy with flair, your smile was my joy. That joy ripples outward, it has no end, it never will, never stopping, always going going even against the tides that would pull it away…until that joy will find you again and wrap you tenderly in its gentle warmth.

I wish I had more time. I am not ready to go.

Give yourself the praise that you deserve. When you look for me, I will be with you. Find your passion, and live it every day of your life…but know that some days you can live it for five hours and some days, just for five minutes. Be in the moment, celebrate the present. Try not to worry about the fear. Laugh as often as you can. Make magic. Sing wherever you are. The time we have is never enough, and in the end, we only want more with those we love. Make memories. Run through sprinklers on a football field at night. Join a chorus. Speak and write your truth. Collect mementos from your travels.

Be thankful. I was thankful, above all, for you.