Monday, June 6, 2011

#Trust30 - Writing Prompt #1 - 15 Minutes to Live

I signed up to be part of this writing project by one of my favorite people on the internet, Seth Godin. It is called the Trust 30 Project.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey. 

 I am a few days behind so I will be catching up on the writing prompts by posting a few a day until I am caught up.

Gwen Bell – 15 Minutes to Live

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.
(Author: Gwen Bell)

Here it goes......

If I only had 15 minutes to live I would probably have a moment to just panic. I mean I would freeze, my mind would probably turn off and I would take a minute(I know I am wasting time) to figure out what in the world I am going to do.

I would hope that my wife and kids would be right by me so I would be able to talk to them and share any remaining thoughts that I need to take care of that I had not already addressed. Making sure that they realize how much I love them and how much they are a part of who I am and what I have become.

I would have one last sip of coffee to savor the beverage of my choice. Coffee is a part of who I am.

I would turn on some Dave Matthews Band and listen to the music of my favorite band while drinking my coffee and spending my remaining moments with my family.

I would try to just remain calm and be at peace with the circumstances. Going into complete panic and moving at a high rate would be a waste of time. 15 minutes is not enough to time to try to do more than prepare yourself.

The one question that would run through my mind would be, "How is it going to end?". I sure hope it is quick and painless.

I live a pretty calm stress free life and would hopefully end the same way.

What about you? How would spend your last 15 minutes?
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