For the September 19, 2022 KGUA Radio Writer’s Hour hosted by Peggy Berryhill and Mark Gross, we are asked to freewrite to the following prompt:
What Story Do You Want to Write?
It’s a mind-blowing story about an old dog learning new tricks. And that old dog would be me!
I am in the process of making two companion changes of perspective that will bring new joy to my life by making a 180 degree turn for the good. They may just blow your mind as they do mine!
The first is, out of the blue our pickleball with Fran and Steve gets cancelled. Not a big deal, but our weekly pickleball, then beers is something that I enjoy immensely. Rather than bemoaning that we won’t be playing, I quickly pivot to wondering what good thing will take its place. As you can imagine, it will blow my mind.
Two, our local friends, Tree and Scott, are moving back to California. While they have been here this summer, we’ve had regular coffee at McDonald’s and a celebratory dinner before they left. I’ll miss them, but in no time soon I won’t. I’ll focus on the good times and our conversations as old friends. I look forward to their return but won’t focus on missing with them. Another 180 degree switcheroo. By focusing on the abundance of our relationship not the lack at this particular time, I’ll blow my mind again!
I am a work-in-progress as I…blow…my…mind. Care to join me?
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You might enjoy this legendary story from the Land of Tao.
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy for what they called his “misfortune.”
“Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe,” said the farmer.