Beautiful Words (3)

Day 49 

The exercise – Pick one word from the British Council‘s top twenty and free write for five minutes.

The word I chose is Freedom

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What is freedom? There are several definitions of the word as listed in the Oxford Dictionary but I am going to focus on freedom of choice.

Many of us spend years working in jobs that offer us no intellectual or emotional satisfaction but which are financially rewarding and safe. Nothing wrong with that.

Many of us spend a great deal of our working lives wishing we didn’t have to go to work every day or that we were doing something else.  Many people dread going to work, complain about it all the time and feel they are wasting their life away.

In the past I told colleagues, who constantly complained about their jobs, that we all have choices.  They rejected my statement saying that they had mortgages to pay.  Well, that is a choice – they are choosing to work a job they don’t like in order to live with comfort.  They could choose to do a  job that wouldn’t pay as much but would give them more satisfaction.  I accept that to exercise their freedom of choice they would have to find another job. But if we remain where we are, we are freely choosing to do that every day even if it does not appear to be a choice.

I too recognize that my job does not give me the satisfaction that I would like to have but I am grateful for what I have. I know that it is my choice to remain – I choose the safe and comfortable job over uncertainty and lack of money.

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Source: http://oxforddictionaries.com

Definition of freedom

noun

  • the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint:we do have some freedom of choice he talks of revoking some of the freedoms
  • absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government:he was a champion of Irish freedom
  • the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved:the shark thrashed its way to freedom
  • the state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily:the shorts have a side split for freedom of movement
  • (freedom from) the state of not being subject to or affected by (a particular undesirable thing):government policies to achieve freedom from want
  • the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
  • unrestricted use of something:the dog is happy having the freedom of the house when we are out
  • archaic familiarity or openness in speech or behavior.

The date

Day 48

Revisited exercise – pick one character, setting and object from a list and write for five minutes, using the elements to trigger the brain into combination mode. 

I have these written on separate pieces of paper and pick them with the words facing down so I only see the combination once all the elements are selected.

The elements picked were doctor, museum, chess set

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It was closing time at the museum.  Helen still had to finish off some paperwork but she needed to leave on time tonight as she had her first date with the doctor.

She was simultaneously excited and nervous about the date, which was the reason it was taking her longer than usual to complete the inventory of the boxes in the West Basement.

She picked out the next item from the storage box.  It was a beautiful Chinese ivory chess set, probably acquired on one of the many trips its late owner had taken.

Her concentration was lost again as she daydreamed about the kind of travel people did in the past.  She had to remind herself that if she didn’t leave soon she would be late for her date so she quickly started typing.

Awake

Day 47

The exercise – First line generated ‘Everyone was asleep except’.

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Everyone was asleep except Max.

He couldn’t get the thought out of his head, ‘what have I done, why did I agreed to go with her to her ex’s house when I knew he wasn’t going to be there?  I knew she couldn’t be up to any good and yet I went.  I should have learned by now not to trust her but I am like putty in that woman’s hands.

Max was sure that as soon as her ex saw the house he would suspect it was her doing.  After all it wouldn’t be the first time she had broken in and damage his possessions.  He was also sure the ex would come to the house to confront her.

‘I should never have gotten involved with this crazy woman.  It’ll be damn embarrassing being here when he shows up and watching her lie and cry her crocodile tears.  I am leaving first thing tomorrow, I’ve had enough of being used by her.’

Friends

Day 46

Revisited exercise – pick one character, setting and object from a list and write for five minutes, using the elements to trigger the brain into combination mode. 

I have these written on separate pieces of paper and pick them with the words facing down so I only see the combination once all the elements are selected.

Fortune teller, hotel, umbrella

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The women were staying at a seaside hotel for the weekend.  They were a small group of friends from University and for the past twenty years had been getting together once a year to reminisce on their time as students.

Someone suggested that they go to the pier to see a fortune teller and they all agreed that would be a fun thing to do.  As they got to the lobby they realized it was raining but no one had an umbrella.  Not to be deterred they borrowed some for the reception and set off in direction of the pier.

The milk bottles

Day 45

The exercise – Free writing for five minutes.

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I live in a nice apartment building in a nice town.   There are allocated parking places, a bike shelter, a shed for garbage and recycling.  The garden areas surrounding the two buildings have flowers, bushes and lawn.  All in all it is a very pleasing environment.

Recently milk started being delivered to the door, I assume to one of the new neighbours.  This is one of those quaint British habits that I thought had disappeared a while ago. Anyway, these people leave home before the milkman delivers and only get back in the evening, which means their milk is left outside all day.  Admittedly, it does not get very hot here most of the time but when the temperatures do go up the milk cannot be very fresh by the end of the day.

Now I have noticed that they are not even being picked up.  The milk bottles are piling up out there on the grass day after day.  Did the people go on holiday or move out and not tell the milkman?  Even so, why does he keep on adding them every day?  I noticed today that the milk in one of the bottles has curdled, I wonder how much longer it will be out there…