Writing Prompt: The Great Outdoors

It’s Friday, the sun is out and people around me seem restless. It’s as though I walked into the office today and I’m back in the 5th Grade. We’re all at our desks, only half paying attendtion to what we’re doing and glancing out the window, waiting for the lunchtime bell to ring so that we can go out and play.

These days, many of us spend so much time indoors, we forget what joys await when we step out into the fresh air.

Today, write a scene that takes place in either a park or a playground. Be sure to include as much detail about the setting as possible. Is there a swingset? If so, who’s on it? If it’s a park, does it have a duck pond? Flash out the location and give your charater/s something to do that makes good use of their surroundings.

If you need inspiration, grab your notebook/laptop/tablet and go to the nearest park for a while before you write.

Enjoy the sunshine!

The Art of Saying “Thank You”

It’s not difficult. Just two little words spoken in quick succession. They mean several things at once. They mean, “I appreciate what you just did”, “I respect you enough to demonstrate courtesy”, “My parents raised me right”. It is universal. Danke, Merci, Gracias…etc. Yet, surprisingly, people frequently forget to say it.

Someone I haven’t spoken to in a year contacted me asking for a favour. It wasn’t particularly difficult, so I gave the request some thought and helped him out. Although I know this person received the information they needed from me, I was disappointed to now receive any acknowledgement. Not a “got it, thanks” or, “cheers” or even a simple “Ta”.

So, my question is, what happened to good old-fashioned politeness?

Have you ever done something for someone you felt went unappreciated?

Try writing a thnk you letter for something quite extraordinary, then again for something simple, like someone making you a cup of tea. Try describing how it makes you feel to have someone do something for you.




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