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This week, I have really been thinking about the things that I am most grateful for in life. I call these things my blessings. Sometimes, I like to list those blessings and turn my lens of attention to them. I always find nuggets of joy that inspire poetry!
Invitation to Write:
Think about some of the things that you are most grateful for. Make a list of your "thankfuls" or blessings in your life. Consider each one, paying careful attention to the significance of each. Try jotting some thoughts and ideas in your notebook. Which ones are drawing your lens of attention today?
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A few days ago while I was thumbing through my notebook, I came across an entry about a time my boys were having so much fun playing in the woods near my house. I remember how they laughed as they climbed trees and played with sticks. The memory of this moment made me smile, but it also made me think about how little time we seem to have these days for playing outside together. We can get so busy that some things we used to do because we wanted to, get pushed aside for all the things we think we have to do. Just think of all the fun we miss! It's so important to carve out some time throughout the day to do the things we love.
I am definitely going to spend more time laughing and playing with my family. I wrote this poem to remind myself of my commitment to honor play each day. I wrote it for you, too. I wish for you the gift of laughter and play. I added some repetition to make it sound more like a chant or a song inviting you to play with me. So run, explore, be silly! Make time for YOU!
Invitation to Write:
Writers, the time we spend doing the things that really matter to us with the people that matter the most is so valuable. It energizes us in a way that nourishes our writing lives. I invite you to let loose and kick up your heels today! Do something you love to do and then write about it. Read your piece of writing again and again. Keep it somewhere safe. Pull it out often and reread it. Let it remind you to never forget to play!
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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