"Questions Before Dark"
"Day ends, and before sleep
when the sky dies down, consider
your altered state: has this day
changed you? Are the corners
sharper or rounded off? Did you
live with death? Make decisions
that quieted? Find one clear word
that fit? At the sun's midpoint
did you notice a pitch of absence,
bewilderment that invites
the possible? What did you learn
from things you dropped and picked up
and dropped again? Did you set a straw
parallel to the river, let the flow
carry you downstream?"
- Jeanne Lohmann
from "The Light of Invisible Bodies"
Imagine that a Stranger asks you three questions which, if you answer them honestly, have the possibility of transforming your life. What are these questions? How will you answer them? Write both the questions and your answers in your journal. This is a most useful exercise to do every few months. You may be amazed at what emerges if you are not in denial about your emotions and your life. GO!