Writing small stones teaches focus and brevity

I joined the Awake August 2016 challenge to write small stones every day in August. I did the same challenge a few years ago (in January 2011 and 2012) and found the results the same. Writing brief poems, essays, descriptions, thoughts, and ideas are a worthwhile challenge. It has taught me to focus on a single thing and write briefly about it. Like the challenge creators, Kaspalita and Satya Robyn, say, it is a mindfulness writing booster. For more information about them and their work, visit their website, Writing Our Way Home: Engage with the world through mindful writing.

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So whether my first five days of small stones are what Kaspalita and Satya had in mind, here they are. What do you think?

My August Small Stones

  1. A young girl with white-pale skin and wine-red hair visited for a week. We kissed goodbye this morning.
  1. The strains of “Unchained Melody” bring back memories of 1955 and two besotted teenagers swaying in time on a hot August night.
  1. A long walk with a friend on a hot summer day brings a connection of compassion, understanding, and love. We can’t stop talking.
  1. An orange-streaked sky like fire amidst smoky-black clouds started my day.
  1. Every morning I read The New Yorker while pumping on the elliptical. Today I read a series of 1-page essays, definitely small stones for The New Yorker. My favorite was Mary Karr’s about throwing away her 5-inch stilettos and replacing them with small stones for her feet – flats.

Really, the good thing, whether these cut the mustard or not, is that I’m writing them. Please join me – even if you write only one small stone this month.

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