Here is the photo prompt for today’s 150-word fiction:
Today’s 150-word fiction was inspired by the above photo and this little snippet:
“Loxton is a town on the River Murray with a population under 5,000. It is a service town for the surrounding districts. The area near Loxton is a significant citrus fruit and summer fruit growing area.”
Reminder – this is FICTION
(fiction word count: 150)
Funny how it ALWAYS wanes
after it floods
rolls away like receding water
Loxton is where I learned
how to stop
I inherited riverfront property
instead of selling it
I took up residence
in an empty unit
right on the river
Ready for the next high, working around citrus fruit was appealing
12 months later?
found myself complaining
damp clothes, unruly curly hair, neighbors too close…
but this time – I changed me
pulled the plug on complaining
because it’s only draining
Sometimes environmental changes are an absolute must
change happens within
and gratitude training
my journals are damp
because I live
and write on the river
but pages intact –
with daily reminders
that help me wash away complaining
a trickle of gratitude
can ebb and flow
when we nurture it
and let it grow
(If this section is too long for you – not too much sarcasm intended – but please feel free to skip this next part – this is just for those who want to read a little more…)
In my previous Pegman entry (here), my character was an employee starting a new business in the UK (with healing wings) – so I stayed with the idea of someone growing in their work and personal fulfillment. I remembered this girl we knew from Denver – she moved and lived on a sailboat for almost a year. She thought it would be dreamy – but then complained her clothes were damp and her hair was unruly. Also, this month, I was connecting via blog with Capt Jill (here) and she sounded so content with her life path – not that it was perfect – but the way she embraced the changes spoke to me. So this was all on my mind after I finally got back online to join Pegman (I was locked out of my blog for a few days and so glad to be back in… whew).
Thought to end the post:
The brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time we think and assess a situation – and so our habits and patterns DO matter. The neuroscientist Hebb (1949) coined the phrase “experience-dependent neuroplasticity” to describe how thinking triggers thousands of neurons and then they all get together to form a neural network.
If we complain, it is easier and easier to keep complaining.
If we use mindfulness to find gratitude and not let sloppy complaining take us down – we can experience more joy that goes BEYOND circumstances (something Thoreau taught us in his work – here). If someone continues to have all this self-criticism, worry, negativity and flaw-finding, or if they vent too much (yeah, venting too much is a real thing and it can take you down) the mind will more easily find that same part of the brain’s pathway, and the neural pathways assist in thinking the same thoughts again – so you choose – do you want it be complaining all the time – or cultivating some gratefulness (read more here).
So let’s just say that we need to bring every thought captive – become more mindful of what we choose to camp on because it does matter – and maybe some of us need to stop the complaining and start seeing more of what is good – because it is just so good for us.
Care to join in with the What Pegman Saw ? go here.
I wasn’t going to include a song today, but this “What’s Up” song felt like the character in my fiction today might sing this from the small deck on the riverfront unit (thinking of the Doobsters with this song too):