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Emerson Writing Challenge Days 4 and 5


Day 4’s Challenge:

If we live truly, we shall see truly. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?

(Author: Chris Guillebeau)

Impossible to pick just one so I’ll give you two:

1) Barcelona, for many reasons: art, architecture, and food being some of the primary ones. And since my son is learning Spanish in an immersion program, my dream is to spend a month there next summer (or the one after) so he can REALLY get immersed. What am I doing to make this happen? Meeting as many people from Spain as I can, hoping that someone knows someone who can rent (or swap) houses with us.

2) Iran. I’ve been here before, so it’s not that I “need” to see it before I die, but it was many years ago, before the Revolution. I’d like to take my husband and son there to experience the ancient culture (would love to see the ruins at Persepolis) and to visit the relatives I have that still live there. There’s not a whole lot I can do on this one as much of it is dependent on the political climate and whether or not we feel it’s safe enough to travel there.

Day 5’s Challenge:

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?

I thought this challenge was poorly worded. If I had one week to live, I’d do what everyone else would do: quit working, tell everyone who matters how much I love them, and spend every waking moment with my son and husband. It’s not a practical or instructive lesson because I can’t quit working now, and I already tell everyone who matters I love them and spend as much time as possible with my husband and son. Truly. I plan meetings around my son’s naps just so I can see him during my work day.

I have no idea what the rest of this challenge means so I – in resolving to do only that which makes me come alive – will not even attempt to answer that which makes me go “huh?”

Here’s the back story on the 30-day challenge.



2 Comments to

“Emerson Writing Challenge Days 4 and 5”

  1. On June 8th, 2011 at 11:40 am Peter Crowell Says:

    I completely agree with you about the Day 5 prompt. I thought is was a cliche.

    Next, why not ask me what books I’d take with me to a desert island. I bet Emerson thought about that a lot.

    I’m a little disappointed with all but a few of the #Trust30 prompts, to tell you the truth.

    But there’s one person on the list I’m looking forward to hearing from, so I’ll keep going until it’s her turn.

  2. On June 8th, 2011 at 12:39 pm Sherean Says:

    Oh good! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks most of these are, well, lame. I think they attracted a more advanced crowd than they perhaps anticipated.

    Who’s the one person you’re waiting to hear from? The suspense is killing me!


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