"If you listen very carefully", said Granny Weatherwax, "people will tell you more than they think they know". Now I love a wise old woman, especially one with attitude who props her boot-clad feet up on the fireside fender and converses with owls, so I am quite prepared to believe her. And what shines through - both in recording my own Simply A Moment and in reading those of others - is that that if we listen very carefully, we also tell ourselves more than we think we know. Just taking sixty seconds helps us ...
- pay attention to the material things around us. Seemingly insignificant, they might otherwise not be noticed; and yet, years ahead, it can be the small things which hold so much in the way of experience and memory.
- connect with our feelings and half-formed thoughts which bubble just under the surface of our awareness.
- allow something to surface, or to spark into life from the connections we've made - something we'd never have known otherwise.
I'd love it if you would join me in recording your own Simply A Moment on the 15th. Please don't feel you have to produce a scrapbook or journal page, or even a photo - just some words capturing what you notice is perfect. And if that day is not any good for you, any other day will be fine! On the 16th, I will be posting, and you are most welcome to pop back and read, or add your post details to the Linky so we can come and visit :). If you'd like to know a little more, or be reminded, I hope these links will help:
- From Blurry to Clear (14 September): the original post
- Simply A Moment Prompt (15 September): a pdf of tips and ideas
- September's Simply a Moment
- October's Simply A Moment