What’s The First Thing You Thought About This Morning? #WritingPromp
If I am encouraging you to take up my weekly writing prompt, I really should be joining you. I need the inspiration too!
The first thing I thought of this morning was the first thing I think of most mornings – my Mum and how much I wish I could call her today. The longing to see her never goes away and the saddest part is, why didn’t I feel like this when she was still alive? Why didn’t I call her more, spend more time with her? Why did I foolishly think she’d always be there. Why, oh why, do we take the people we love for granted when we still have them close to us?
It’s such a cliche to say we don’t know how much we will miss someone until we lose them – I guess the reason for cliches, is that they are universally true – but oh this one is so heartbreakingly true. One of the hardest things we are called to in life is to follow Mary Oliver’s words:
“to live in this world
you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”
― New and Selected Poems, Volume One
Reading these lines always makes me cry. Is it really possible to do this? It still seems to me to be an impossible task.