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”

― Mary Oliver, 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.