I lean into the clock. You cry.

I am participating in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Prompt #1: We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live. 1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes. 2. Write the story that has to be written. (Prompt by Gwen Bell) ________ There is no clock for this. No ticking, no sound. Things slow way down: my breath, the air, you. Dogs are barking but I can't hear them. The sun stopped shining an hour ago. If the story hasn't been written by now, my love, it won't be. There is no waiting for this moment. There is no truth to be said or heard now. Not now. No. If I haven't lived the life I wanted, full of laughter and all wide and deep; and if I haven't told the people I love that I love them by now–and in so many, how many, ways–then it is surely too late. If I haven't been kind and generous at every single opportunity, then telling other people to do so is a falsehood, a desperate stab at redemption from my own failings. You'll find no wisdom here. No pretense at knowing, but just knowing that I don't know, I never knew, I never would know, and the questions were delicious. I always knew I wanted to live my life so my human survival units–those I love most and most deeply–would be...

Trust yourself. Always.

I'm reposting this video about knowing because it is in perfect resonance with a project into which I'm flinging myself – with thousands of others (and you?) over the next 30 days. Seth Godin's new Domino Project asked me to be one of 30 authors to provide a writing prompt during this 30-day reflection on knowing, on self-reliance, on trust, all celebrating Ralph Waldo Emerson's foray into that same territory. I'm inviting you to participate by signing the pledge and receiving a writing prompt every day for 30 days–starting today. Write your answers in private, on a blog, in art, in the sand on the beach where you are welcoming summer's sun … whatever works for you. Share on Twitter and Facebook, or not at all. Over the course of 30 days, come to know your deepest wisdom, sit with it, be attuned to it, believe in it. Rely on it....

Welcome to 37days!

If this is your first time here, you might enjoy this video or essay about why my blog is called 37days. Written since 2005, 37days is my exploration of finding meaning in the small thi ngs of life–and of living like you're dying. I hope you'll wander in the thousands of past posts and find something meaningful to your own life. And perhaps you'd like information about my books, including my newest one, What I Wish for You: Simple Wisdom for a Happy Life. Or my new blog project,...

Remember.

In celebration of the real meaning of Memorial Day in the U.S., an 1876 flag with 38 stars that we hang on our porch for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July and other days when the happy spirit of patriotism strikes. It is easy in our hip, intellectual, urbane world–the one in which we read Proust and bake spelt madeleines and drink raw almond milk and eat Dagoba Xocolatl bars and listen to poets on the radio–to be embarrassed by expressions of national loyalty and pride, to be conflicted by the connection some make between patriotism and fighting, to understand how to oppose a war and still support those fighting it. So many of us have never fought for the freedoms we enjoy; in fact, we don't even recognize that they are freedoms, but feel they are just how life is, should be. We won't fully understand that they are not ours just for the breathing, not until they are gone, will we? Never one to condone war with my Quakerly leanings, particularly wars that are unjust and unfounded, and cognizant of the fact that I avoid real images of war, those beyond the parade, opting for the sanitized ones instead, I can nevertheless put a heartfelt word of thanks out into the world to those men and women who protect me, who are doing what their country has asked of them, for people they will never meet. From May 2006 on 37days: It is Memorial Day in the U.S., a day to remember those men and women who have laid down their lives in the service of...