Prompt: To Move to Action

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One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4 KJV)

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. (Jose Ortega y Gassett)

Summer absorbed me into it’s activity. Adventuring with the nieces and nephews, balancing work and play, cheering others on in their creative pursuits, as well as, kindling joy and seeking goodness in every day life, filled my soul to the brim.

Summer shared its shadows, but mostly, I remember the sunshine. I recall the timely rains, which kept me from having to water the garden or the lawn. I rest in knowing that this was indeed, a happy summer. Leisurely, I relaxed into the present moments.

The fullness of the calendar overflowing with planned and spontaneous activities, motivated me. With school back in session, my pace slowed down, almost, too slow.

I needed a prompt. Something to move me to action.

Of course, I am still getting things done. Laundry, dishes, running, reading, writing in my journal, going to work, eating, breathing, etc. But something was lacking. I am a producer. I am a process artist. I am an inspirational writer. I need to share. I want to be a prompter.

I love to share my adventures. To share the things that inspire me, hoping that others will be prompted to action. To love and goodness, to play and work, to create and to discover. This is why I’m here. So, I’m back with some words, some ideas, some images and some links, and maybe even a few searching questions to keep our souls nourished.

Like this question posed by Kobi Yamada in his book Ever Wonder: Ask Questions and Live into the Answers:

Do you doubt your doubts?

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Messages of encouragement from unlikely sources. Have fun, eat a fortune cookie. Write a response to it’s message in your journal, or glue it to artwork.

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A fun question from a magazine article. Answer it and share with us in the comments. I  would have loved to hang out in the family room of the Brady’s. Their whole house was pretty groovy.

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I continue to add something to this same canvas, which I started in January. The canvas is my prompt. I plan to keep at it until December 31st to see where it takes me.

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Prepping the pages in my journal for September, gives me something to look forward to each day. Check out this video to get a inside peek of the journal.

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Dreaming is free.

What prompts you? What moves you to action?

How Happy I am THIS Summer!

 And how happy I was with what he created—his wide world and all his family of mankind! (Proverbs 8:31 TLB)

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To be with children keeps your heart and soul alive. I have the joy and privilege to spend summer break with my nieces and nephews. We call our adventures: Ant Kamp. We have been so immersed in our own little world, I haven’t had a chance to do much more than chronicle our Ant-ics via photos on Facebook. I would love to tell you about it all some time, but today, I just wanted to say hello! And let you know I am HAPPY!

I have been playing! And working! And playing while working!

And neglecting the blog…so here I am tonight. And I really wanted to share some words, which I have been savoring from the blogosphere, as well as a couple fun art links. (And some happy snapshots from the summer thus far.)

Enjoy!

Summer is For Reading by Jody Lee Collins (her new blog site is looking pretty spiffy!)

Offering by Kimberlee Conway Ireton

Never Left to Our Own Devices by Laurie Klein

Painting, Playing by Kelly Chripczuk

Mark Your Planner for 21 Days of Journaling in July with Dawn Paoletta

Are YOU Ready for 21 Days of Journaling with Dawn Paoletta

If You Want to Create:47 Ways to Get Started & Keep Going by Lisa Sonora

Scrap Monsters! Mixed Media Journal Project by The Little Ink

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Individually designed Ant Kamp T-shirts!
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One Sunday, I rode my bike to our local park and had a journal date.
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I continue my daily PRACTICE of adding one element to this canvas..completed Day 177!

 

 

 

Which?

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV)

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We have pondered who, what, where, when, why and how. Today, our seventh, interrogative word is which. As in, which question word is left to ponder? It’s not the first question that I use when researching the particulars of a topic, but it is the question I ask when I choose a particular topic. As in, which topic interests me today? Really, I don’t go around talking to myself in such formal ways, but which is a very important question, especially when it comes to decisions and choices.

When I started this question filled series, I  wasn’t sure which question I would ask to conclude the study. In the end, which seemed to lend itself to the theme of who-ness that kept reoccurring, when I researched the origins of the other words. And which also has its roots in who. While all the other question words offer certain information about our who-ness, which guides us towards the how of living.

Which path will I follow? Which directions, choices and decisions will lead me closest to my desired life? Which intentions best lead me to living a love-filled life? Every day I have “which” questions that I answer, sometimes consciously and sometimes out of routine.

Often the which question arises, as I approach  significant transitions. As in, summer is around the corner, so which way do I want to spend my days? This may be a mundane question, but it also is the question that can effect my attitude the most. If I wake up with a sense of adventure in my heart, my days are spent with more enthusiasm. If I wake up with a sense of drudgery, my days are spent wallowing in self-pity. I prefer the adventurous days!

I have enjoyed this adventure of seven significant questions. I was surprised that each one of them originated from the root word for who. I noticed that this theme of who-ness follows me around quite a bit. As this series ends, I hope you’ll take some time to go back and revisit some of the prompts and links.

Who?

What?

Where?

When?

Why?

How?

My plan is to sporadically post here with various reports on the who-ness of my life, and some more prompts for you to discover your created self anew this summer. Until then, adieu!

Here’s another journal technique to try. Sometimes, I will use the same prompt several days in a row to see which kinds of things surface. Why not try completing this phrase each day next week:

The way in which I want to go is . . .