A writing prompt for Ron Culberson

Whoa – pretty gutsy of this fun-ista to post a writing prompt for someone who’s swiftly aced being one of my Top 10 Influencers of All Time.  (I see a blog posting in that!)

What prompts me is the thought I have each morning checking the terrific perpetual Creating Moments of Joy calendar  Jolene Brackey GAVE me (!) at Friday’s conference.  (Today’s moment of joy – “Make eye contact, smile & take time to connect.  You have just created your own portable ‘comfort zone.’ “)

Every time I read a nugget from Jolene, I find myself wishing that Ron Culberson had a similar perpetual calendar, where I could see & be reminded through the years of the simple ways I can make excellence & fun an everyday experience for myself & others.  The little things he shares that make a big difference, like:

  • Say “You’re welcome” instead of the meaningless (& sadly ubiquitous) “No problem”  when someone says “Thank you” or gives a compliment.
  • We prosper when our goal is to help everyone, including our self, reach our greatest potential.
  • Put the kibosh on cynicism, nurture healthy skepticism.
  • Mirthful messages are more memorable.
  • Targeting everyday things helps ensure hitting our goals (without leaving a mess).

Throw in jokes people can share to break up the day ~or~ steps the front office/exec suite & parents can take to create stress-snapping smiles in the workplace, the home.

Envision a harried account exec toiling away on a presentation that feels stale, flat.  As dawn starts breaking, she flips to the next page of a calendar her teenage son gave her for Christmas.  She breaks into a smile at a joke Ron’s tucked in, maybe a reminder about the importance of thinking of others.  Her stuckness dissolved,  a fresh, winning approach pops into her head.  

Ron – it’s a perpetual calendar ~ you can make it so any time!  Get crackin’ – the business presentation you help save may be my own!


“He didn’t tell me…” – writing prompt

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived & let me watch him do it.”

That quote from Clarence Budington Kelland, describing his father, describes John’s effect on my life over the past 28+ years.  Watching my decent, kind, emotionally generous husband just live the way he does uplifts enlightens inspires me.

The quality that shone forth from our first meeting is a core sense of fair mindedness.  I cannot remember him putting anyone down; if I am irked at someone, he doesn’t try to back me up by chiming in with his own slams –  a quality I treasure & seek to emulate.

Who is someone who does the same for you?

Who inspires you just by how they live, how they walk through life?  Journal about it, simply ponder & hold them in your heart, OR write them a note.  Such people are rare – would that I were one of them!  Glad beyond description to have married one.

Mentor Circle – writing prompt

This is a WHOPPER of a writing prompt – directed at ME!  Tim Ferriss’ release next month of  Tribe of Mentors is a swift kick in the butt to making progress with my own book.  Tim’s is a compilation of wisdom nuggets from every sort of mentor, from sports to spiritual, big business to creativity, mine is a thank you to the authors who helped me move from a mess to meshed.  A book 41 years in development!

How to cut down the countless books that turned me from social nebbish to consistently effective to just 24?   #1 is a lock –  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective wasn’t the first book personal development book I read, but it’s the ONE the jump started my intentional journey to Now.

Which others to include?  My criteria – honed this morning – is to include both books like Covey’s classic, ones that deeply affected my view of self & the world, and ones that provided a single Eureka! insight, like There’s Something I Have To Tell You, which revealed my well-meaning, unintentionally booby-trapped set-up of a monumentally disastrous encounter with a sister-in-law.

My current list, in no particular order, includes:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • There’s Something I Have To Tell You
  • David & the Phoenix
  • Point Zero
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • From Aging to Saging
  • In the Shelter of Each Other
  • Callings
  • Still Here
  • Rising Strong
  • Enchantment
  • How to be An Adult
  • The Pig Plantagenet
  • Creating Time
  • Excuses Begone
  • Counting on Kindness
  • The Creative Mind
  • You are a Bad Ass
  • Play
  • Taming the Gremlin
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • When Things Fall Apart
  • Creating Moments of Joy
  • The Happiness Project
  • Seeking the Sacred

Three – – Die Empty, Boomer Reinvention, Engagement From Scratch – – stand alone.  This past spring, the impact of reading these three, one after another, shredded my old brain into bright bits of confetti showering my mega Eureka! realization, “John & I  are playfulness coaches!  

One more stand alone, stand apart, stand head & shoulders over my previous life – LIFE IS GOOD, which untied the bow around the gift of BEing, bring it all finally home.   Quest’s end, journey’s beginning.

Now, THAT‘s a writing prompt!  Am blocking out my story – get writing yours!


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou


MRS. TILSHCER – Writing Prompt Tuesday

Journal about, share with a friend or just ponder one or more of your favorite elementary school teachers!


In Mrs Tilscher’s class
You could travel up the Blue Nile
with your finger, tracing the route
while Mrs Tilscher chanted the scenery.
”Tana. Ethiopia. Khartoum. Aswan.”
That for an hour,
then a skittle of milk
and the chalky Pyramids rubbed into dust.
A window opened with a long pole.
The laugh of a bell swung by a running child.

This was better than home. Enthralling books.
The classroom glowed like a sweetshop.
Sugar paper. Coloured shapes. Brady and Hindley
faded, like the faint, uneasy smudge of a mistake.
Mrs Tilscher loved you. Some mornings, you found
she’d left a gold star by your name.
The scent of a pencil slowly, carefully, shaved.
A xylophone’s nonsense heard from another form.
Over the Easter term the inky tadpoles changed
from commas into exclamation marks. Three frogs
hopped in the playground, freed by a dunce
followed by a line of kids, jumping and croaking
away from the lunch queue. A rough boy
told you how you were born. You kicked him, but stared
at your parents, appalled, when you got back

That feverish July, the air tasted of electricity.
A tangible alarm made you always untidy, hot,
fractious under the heavy, sexy sky. You asked her
how you were born and Mrs Tilscher smiled
then turned away. Reports were handed out.
You ran through the gates, impatient to be grown
the sky split open into a thunderstorm.

What qualities do you most admire in…? Writing Prompt Tuesday

YIKES!  What happened to Sat-Mon??  Back on track!

Will catch up over the coming days with a ramble (Sat), a (Sun) Mindwalker repost & a book review (Mon).  Per my editorial schedule, here is today’s writing prompt – use it to journal, to spark a conversation, or just to ponder:

Life coaches & personal development authors often suggest we consider the qualities we admire in our friends, mentors & associates, noting that they are often the qualities we would most like to master for ourselves.

Here’s a twist – what are qualities in YOU that they might admire & like to emulate?  How do they manifest in your life?  How could you nurture & develop them further? 

Ponder, then be sure to take a well-deserved bow!