I came across this article in the Huffington Post today, and didn’t get past the first idea before an idea struck me! There are ten exercises suggested in the article. I’m going to undertake them over the next few posts and see how they go. I’ve been working on improving my creativity and this is just the kind of challenge I need.
So here goes with The 7x7x7x7 Writing Prompt :
Grab the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Pinpoint the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit it in length to 7 lines.
Was it a coincidence that the seventh book happened to be The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? I can’t say. The book doesn’t even have page 7! So I counted the pages and then arrived at the seventh line on the seventh page. It reads, “But these are secondary, not primary traits.” In this section Covey is discussing the difference between the ‘character ethic’ and the ‘personality ethic’. Here’s my 7 line poem.
(But) These are secondary, not primary traits
Do they truly reflect us, or do we hesitate
To reveal what’s inside us
Ours fears and hurts
Our true hopes and dreams.
What if we’re not accepted by all who see
What’s deep inside us behind our personality?
Somehow this topic seemed to fit right in with what’s going on in my life – my search to be authentic and real. Sometimes, the fear that we will not be accepted for being who we are, makes us create a personality that might not reflect what’s within. I’ve been gradually shedding that personality that I adopted and I can tell you that not everyone can accept the real Me.
Does it hurt? Hell, yes.
Is it scary? But, of course.
Is it worth it? Like nothing else!
Today I’m inviting you to join in me in this prompt and also encouraging you on your journey towards being YOU.
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