It is not often that I share a personal writing sample here on this blog. Well, that is probably not entirely true. This blog is nothing but personal essays on a variety of topics. But today I was profoundly impacted by the writing prompt from the Project 137 Days – and I decided to make it more of a public declaration.
Today’s prompt was this:
“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” – W. M. Lewis
What would you like to begin?
And here was my response (unedited — totally rough draft):
I feel as though today I have truly begun a new chapter of life – one that provides balance to what has been a very chaotic life so far (all my own doing!)
Today was the first day of school, but today was different. Today I taught only classes that I want to teach – that I am passionate about teaching. And in doing so, I have truly begun to live again.
This year I am not overtaxed by lesson plans or grading or disrespectful students. Rather – I feel as though I can take this all in stride because I am in balance; I am pursuing a vocation without a loss of self. And I have felt lost for quite sometime.
So what would I begin? I think I have already begun.
I have added writing to my regular routine. I have organized a greeting card ministry. I have found a photography hobby that promises lots of learning and personal growth opportunities.
For me the question has finally become what and how will I continue to do all these activities that stimulate my emotional, intellectual, creative, and spiritual sides — and find a perfect sense of balance to provide a life of sustaining peace and joy.