Full Circle

Full Circle

February 25, 2013 Master Class Writing 17

Full Circle first appeared on My Write Side.

“Clever how the cosmos can, in a single portent, be ingratiating yet sadistic.” You stand in your own little universe, content and happy, not thinking about mortality when you discover one of your high school friends died. You are suddenly brought full circle, realizing how important it is to live every day and pack as much in that day as you can. You read the comments about this friend’s legacy and realize that in his 40 short years on this earth, he made each day count. His legacy of kindness and generous nature will live long beyond his memorial service. And it makes me wonder why I haven’t done more with my life.

What will people say about me when I’m gone? I can start building my legacy today. What about you?

This week’s Master Class assignment was brought to us by Steph, who chose the first line from the fifth chapter of Three Junes by Julia Glass. That line was “Clever how the cosmos can, in a single portent, be ingratiating yet sadistic.”

Honest feedback is welcome and appreciated. Please share your thoughts in a comment.

Thanks for stopping in.


17 Responses

  1. Carrie says:

    It’s sad that only when faced with our own mortality, do we start thinking about making every day count. You’re right, we should be doing that all the time.

    But life has a way of becoming the mundane, repetitive…hard to focus on making it count when you are just trying to get through it

  2. Shannon says:

    The best part of it, though, is that you can start over pretty much every second of every day. I’ve learned (the hard way, of course) that you can screw up one second and you know what? No big, I’ll make a better decision five seconds later 😉

  3. 2old2tap says:

    And closing in on 60, makes you think about the things you let go. But the wonderful thing is, you’re never, ever too old to start.

  4. Kir Piccini says:

    First, I just loved the way you wrote it short and to the point. It was honest and full, even with so few words.

    second, i worry that I am not leaving a legacy, that I am not enjoying every moment…that when you hide the way you feel or you stifle things inside yourself that would make you happy but not necessarily everyone else, that you deny yourself a full living.

    I think that your legacy is going to be rich and beautiful..because it already is.

  5. steph says:

    I’ve lost a few people in my life and so try to keep this idea of making every day count at the forefront. In fact I have to say that’s one of the reasons I started a blog. As a way of better understanding myself, and for anyone reading it to either understand me or themselves, or both depending on whether its family or strangers. Quite a thought provoking post in so few words!

  6. tua1992 says:

    Admittedly, death is the most effective wake-up call. Watching another person, friend or stranger, makes you want to pack every day to the fullest. Do all that you can. A high school friend’s demise, is the closest I could get to identifying with your writing above.
    But with time, I have seen and realised, we need to live the life to the fullest. The right way of doing it, though, would be to do what we do, happily than do a lot more and forget to derive the joy off it.
    Thank you for the post.

  7. Tracie says:

    This is great. As a piece of fiction, and as a reminder to DO something with our lives. Something that matters, something that touches others, something that lasts beyond our time on this earth.

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