JOURNAL WITH SPIRIT: Live Your Obituary
INTRO: Journal with Spirit provides writing prompts geared towards developing one’s own inner spirit wisdom. Each month a different topic is presented to give the writer an opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs.
Following the topic, writing prompts A and B are given. Prompt A is always different, and it is to be answered first. Prompt A is posed to give the writer an opportunity to consider their own thoughts and feelings on the topic. Prompt B is always this same question: that is, “Spirit, what else should I know?”
Within this column, Spirit is used as a universal term. If one decides that God, Allah, Higher Power, Sensibility, Self, etc. is more suitable, whatever is decided is appropriate, because this decision comes from a place of inner knowing, from one’s own true self.
The answer to the second question, Prompt B, might come immediately to mind, but if it doesn’t, or if one prefers, a tool might be utilized such as pulling from a stack of meditation cards, randomly opening the Book of Psalms, etc. A different tool will be highlighted each month, but there is no right answer to which tool should be used, just your own answer used with positive intentions. With that in mind, here’s this month’s topic.
TOPIC: Live Your Obituary
Did you ever consider how you want to be remembered? Regina Brett, author of God is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Meaningful Work (April 2016), in lesson thirty-four, wrote about three people who really, really lived. One of the individuals, Nancy Lee Hixson, wrote her own obituary of how she wanted to live, did these things, and then revised and revised her obituary for the last seven years of her life.
Another question is this: are you actively living? First, a novella by Stephen King, the movie Shawshank Redemption (1994) became a box-office hit and has many quotable lines, one of which, delivered by Tim Robbin’s character Andy Dufresne, is this: “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. We can get busy living or get busy dying.”
Uncovering the answers to these questions can get to the heart of living for each of us. In April 2016, I read Regina Brett’s book and was inspired to write my own obituary. I haven’t looked at again until writing this piece. Looking back at it, I recognize that it’s way too boring so it’s time to write some excitement into a newer one, keeping some of the core components of the first. What’s terrific are two things: the first one was written in one of my journals, so I could look back and reflect; two, I’m still alive, and I can make it better!
Need an example? Check out the obituary of Nancy Lee Hixson whom I mentioned above. What a life she lived! http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-lee-hixson&pid=129179739
Now, it’s your turn.
A. In the stillness of your writing space, write your obituary. How do you want to be remembered? What living do you still want to do?
2. What does Spirit want you to know about this (ask directly by writing in your journal, “Spirit, what do you want me to know?”) Sit somewhere in stillness and write what comes or use a tool.
Tools include meditation or angel cards, a daily devotional, or a spiritual book. If you’re not sure what to use, let Spirit guide you. It could be something completely random like a magazine on a coffee table or a children’s book. Just open to a random page. Don’t pass judgment and just choose it!
Tool of the month: Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson, Illustrations by Angela Werneke (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1999). This book and cards draw on ancient and traditional stories told about the specific wisdom from the animal kingdom.
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