- Write down what comes to mind when you listen to the blackbird.
- Write about the sounds that you find soothing.
- If you were a bird sitting in a tree, what melodious words message would you give you give to the world?
Monday, 19 April 2021
Sunday, 11 April 2021
Most people, I suspect, will be cock-a-hoop, making all sorts of plans to enjoy activities that have not been allowed for months, but what if you're not sharing that excitement and looking forward with anticipation?
The thought of visiting busy places again will be filling some with dread. Despite having had the vaccine, I know some elderly people who are reluctant suddenly to get back to 'normality'. Those experiencing physical or mental illness may be feeling nervous, anxious or panicky as lock-down eases. Perhaps some feel under pressure from family and friends, or even guilty about their lack of enthusiasm.
MIND, the mental health charity, recognises that these changes can be stressful and has a helpful website about managing feelings as lock-down eases. You can visit it here .
- Write about how you are feeling as lock-down restrictions are eased.
- What are you most looking forward to being able to do from tomorrow?
- What are you least looking forward to?
- Make a list of all the things you have discovered about yourself and others during lock-down.
- Write about what has changed for you, if anything.
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
- According to Rosalynn Carter's definition, which kind of person are you? Write about that role (those roles) for a few minutes.
- Make a list of all the caring responsibilities you have at the moment and how they affect you physically and mentally.
- Think of someone who, in the past, has cared for you. Write about that person and experience. Set a timer for seven minutes so you know when to stop.
- Write about a time (real or imaginary) when you will become a caregiver.
- Imagine a time in the future when you may need someone to care for you. Write about how that might be.
Thursday, 1 April 2021
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- Do you agree with the quote above? Write for six minutes about the 'new possibilities' laughter could bring.
- Write about a time when you had a really good laugh. Who were you with? Why was it funny? Maybe writing about it again will bring a smile to your face.
- If you haven't been laughing much recently, try to write about why not. Set a timer for seven minutes so you know when to stop.
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
"I have decided to stick to love ... Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Write for seven minutes about the person you love most in the world (alive or dead).
- "Love your neighbour as yourself." (Mark 12:31) We've probably all got to know our neighbours a little bit better over this past year while being forced to stay at home. Write about your experience of this relationship. Is it easy to love your neighbour?
- Are you 'burdened' by hate? If so, describe that burden and express those feelings in your writing for five minutes. Set a timer so that you know when to stop.
- How do you think 'love' and 'hate' have shown themselves over the past year. Write about it.
Friday, 26 March 2021
- What is your favourite colour and why?
- Write about the colours you have observed around you in nature recently.
- Do you think colours can affect your mood? Make a list of colours, then match them to a list of moods or emotions. Turn them all into a poem, or choose just one to write about in detail for a few minutes.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
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- Write about what this past year has taught you about yourself and about others.
- Write about how you have changed during the past year.
- Make a list of ten good things and that have come out of this past year. Choose the most significant and write about it in more detail.
- Make a list of ten things that have been difficult over the past 12 months. How have you overcome them?
- Make a list of ten things you are going to do when the restrictions re lifted.