Film actor Meryl Streep says, Everything we say signifies, everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.
If we try to live our lives in the now, the present moment, which is all we have – the rest is imagination, projection, fantasy, longing – we can be aware of our own zeitgeist. We can write our own moments purposefully, and with heart and soul together, holding hands.
Where are you right now? Write a sentence – a frugal one, short and sweet – that tells you how you feel. Read it aloud. Does it have rhythm? Does it make you laugh, cry, sad? Does it interest you?
What would you like to do with that sentence? Keep it, erase it, tear it up? Write another one so it has a friend to call its own? Try that. It’s your choice – you have the power to do something, or nothing.
Do the same thing in an hour, the writing thing, that is. Write another sentence that tells you how you feel. Try this thoughout the day, one an hour, surreptitiously if necessary (somethimes workplaces can be quite unhelpful where hearts and souls are concerned), and see how things look at the end of the day.
Do you want to keep going? Good. You don’t? Never mind. In either case, if you’ve come this far, you’ve written a frugal memoir of your feelings for the day. Those sentences are snapshots of moments in your life that will never come again. You’ve preserved them. They aren’t photographs, they’re the purest of all – they’re Graphs – symbols on a line, of you in the moment.
What do you think? Want to do it again tomorrow? Maybe? See you soon.
PS – Don’t forget to carry your notebook and pen(cil) with you as you experiment with the Feelings Frugal Memoir.