Full Circle

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.

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A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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17 thoughts on “Full Circle”

  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

    1. SAM says:

      Thats true too. Every day is survival for me, LOL.

  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 😉

    1. SAM says:

      This is very true.

  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.

    1. SAM says:

      Nope, every day is a new day, a fresh moment to make the most of your day.

  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.

    1. SAM says:

      Aww, thanks, Kir.

  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!

    1. t says:

      Nailed it in one, Steph.

      1. SAM says:

        I did a double take because my first name is Steph, too, LOL. I thought for a moment you’d found out somehow through Lance or something. LOL

        1. t says:

          Hahaha! No, Lance keeps me in the dark on these matters =)

    2. SAM says:

      Yes, I originally started blogging for a similar purpose. I outgrew that blog, but find myself needing to start sharing life along with the fiction again.

  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.

    1. SAM says:

      yes, it was a high school friend who died recently for me.

  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.

    1. SAM says:

      It wasn’t meant to be fiction but all the rest is absolutely true.

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