Have You Been A Blessing?

In an essay for the September 16 Wall Street Journal, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks spoke about the coming High Holy Days for Jewish people, and said something very important:

”As we ask God to write us in the Book of Life, he asks us, what have you done with your life thus far? Have you thought about others or only about yourself?  Have you brought healing to a place of human pain or hope where you found despair?  You may have been a success, but have you also been a blessing?…”

Such an important question, whether we have been a blessing to others, to the world.  How will you answer that question?

Write A Page That Comes Out of You

In his poem, ”Theme for Lesson B”, Langston Hughes quotes a classroom instructor who tell the students:

  Go home and write
    a page tonight.
    And let that page come out of you—
    Then, it will be true.

The student then says, ''I wonder if it is so simple,'' and talks about his life, coming up north from the South, being a ''colored'' man -- the only one in his class, his living in a room at the Y in Harlem. 
Can you write a page that comes out of you?

What Have You Learned from Your Failures?

Looking at times you’ve struggled or even failed can provide good material for writing, especially for a college admissions essay, says Rachel Toor, a creative writing professor.  ”Failure is essayistic gold.  Figure out what you’ve learned.  Write about that.  Be honest and say the hardest things you can,” she advises.

So, that’s the subject for today’s writing prompt.  What have your learned from your struggles, your mistakes, your failures?  Don’t be afraid — write from your heart.

Dr. Toor teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and is the author of ”Write Your Way In: Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay.”

What Is the Dream Seed You Will Plant?

In life we can plant dream seeds for all the hopes and dreams we have in life.  Then, like any gardener or farmer, we need to work hard and nourish our dream so that it will grow and live.   So the question today is what is the dream seed you wish to plant? What hope do you want to come true?  What steps will you take to make sure your dream survives all the problems ahead?

If you want some more ideas for writing about dream seeds, please take a look at our free e-book, ”Plant Your Dream Seeds! Writing to Grow Hope in Your Life.” You can download it at: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/eBooks/

We hope your dream comes true.