IMCC COMMUNITY CHOIR
WRITING PROMPT SUMMARIES – SPRING 2013
la) “What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight. Build anyway.”
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.”
Wasn’t it Will Rogers who said, “Be kind to everyone you meet on the street.” They are all going through terrible straggles. We often don’t see it on the outside…it doesn’t make sense to resent or become angry with people who are difficult…Not only is it a good idea to “forgive them anyway” and try to sidestep the whole entangling mesh of action and reaction, perhaps its even a good idea to thank them!
How is it that in this life we are all individuals, doing what we do to survive & hopefully thrive, yet we live among an entire planet of living creatures? How can we more thoroughly understand that all our actions impact the greater whole?
“It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” …(apply) to what you have invested your blood, sweat and tears into creating… Quote from Children of Dune “Are you sure we’ll succeed?” Ghani asks. Leto answers, “I’m more sure that if we don’t try, we’ll have failed.” This is a sort of life quote for me-I’ve made a choice, to reject fear of failure as a reason not to do something..
We can probably all relate to this in some way… While it is hard to remember in the thick of an argument that the “other guy” is not out to deliberately hurt me I can usually look back later and understand that they were probably also feeling hurt…I have found that compassion and tolerance of our differences…are essential to eventual forgiveness and real love. Communication is a prerequisite to this compassion and communication requires trust…A veiy wise person once advised me that instead of waiting for an apology, I might try apologizing first…This can work miracles in allowing the other personto let down their defenses…and perhaps open the door to mutual forgiveness.
lb) Write about a favorite memory of our December concert.
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