Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Day 31 #SOL21 Contemplating Incomplete Completion

 

told myself I would write this morning when the day was fresh and my brain was at peak performance. 

But I didn't.


I told myself I would conquer a work project before the deadline loomed like a dark cloud over my head.

But I didn't.


I told myself I would make it to the gym today because my body and my mind need movement.

But I didn't.


I told myself I would listen more than I talk less in order to better understand the needs of others.

But I didn't.


I told myself I would let go of comparison and competition. 

But I didn't.


I told myself I would participate in this thirty-one day writing challenge alongside others. 

And I did


*Final Thoughts: This writing experience has changed me. I am particularly thankful for Mallory Slawinski and Nawal Casiano. You kept me going. The final line of tonight's poem wouldn't have been possible without your support. You made the 2021 Slice of Life Challenge so much more meaningful. Thank you both!




4 comments:

  1. I love this so much. There were plenty of mini goals I wanted to accomplish this month, yet so many I wasn't able to. Slicing every day though? I did it! For the first time, too :) Congratulations!

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  2. Awwwww, Tenille, thank you for the shout out!! I loved this writing- that deeply important through line- and then the last, meaningful change. You were that constant for me, too, and I am forever grateful. I flew for the first time in a year today, with the two youngest in tow, because my mom needs me at a difficult time.. and it’s 1am here in DC but I had to pop on and read your beautiful writing. Glad I did:) Here’s to 31 lady, proud to be in community with you. I learned so much from your writing, your willingness to be vulnerable, and from your reflections..TY TY TY. Your friend, Nawal

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  3. I am returning to yesterday's posts as I am an early morning poster and being on Spring Break now, I have time and energy to focus on some of the slicers who are evening posters. I recognize your name from twitter as I've saved many of your charts you've tweeted out. And last night we were both at Supper Club! So feeling like I already am your friend, I of course, had to read your slice. LOVE this poem!!! The list of things you want to accomplish and the very specific reasons why. (Fav reason: because my body and my mind need movement.) and the repetition with the twist at the end. Such a great poem!! SO glad you did this challenge and know I'll be looking for you on twitter, maybe here on Tuesdays and definitely next March! Congratulations!

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  4. Your emphatic last phrase, "And I did." has rung in my ears since my first read of your honest poem. And you did. You've done so many brave things this month, this year, and for your whole life. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. You are a treasure, and I'm so glad to know you. Thanks for guiding me into this journey. It has changed me for the better.

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