Noticing battles

September’s prompt for One Little Word was to think about the battles I’m engaged in and to consider whether I want to continue my crusades or surrender.  I’ve been thinking about this prompt for the whole month; it has certainly been worthy mettle.

What I noticed in thinking about battles – since NOTICE is my one-little-word – are the types of battles in my life.  There are challenges I’ve taken on or that have come my way that have been transformational in making me who I am. They have become the very fiber of my life, to surrender would be like separating muscle from bone.

But it would be interesting to rediscover the essential skeleton beneath. 

Other battles I choose to take on, and gird myself appropriately – the way I don a down coat in winter, madras shorts in summer, flip flops at the beach.

These battles require pockets in my life to hold extra necessities, belts to keep things secure, neosporin for the blisters.

I want to get my battle thinking down on paper before the coming of October and a brand new prompt.

But maybe I’ll pull a white flag from my closet and wave it around for awhile.

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3 responses to “Noticing battles

  • Linda Baie

    I enjoyed the two descriptions you gave of the kinds of battles you have faced and what each delivers in the face of the clash. It was such a clear message. In my eyes it is be who you are and battle for that always, but in the other challenges, pick the battles you are ready for and prepare. But every once in a while relax, no wars, just rest. I know that readers meet the writers in their own battle of interpretation, but wanted to compliment you in making me think very hard about your words.

  • Juliann

    I read that prompt but then the school year began and I got sucked into this vortex and swirl that are wearing me down. I think I need to get back to that prompt and do some writing about battles myself.

  • diana1litcoach

    There you go mind-reading again! How did you know I needed to read this? Love the line, “They have become the very fiber of my life, to surrender would be like separating muscle from bone.” As I read your post, I began to think of my battles and which ones I took on by choice and others that feel like they are being thrust upon me. I’m not much of a fighter although I no longer back away when others engage me. I seem to be spending a lot of time sizing up those who would like to tell me who I am.

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