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F“Follow these instructions. Or don’t. The choice is yours.”   Prompt #20 by Ruth Ozeki in Choices (BorderlinePress, 2015)

One of the things I’m good at is following instructions, i.e. engaging in a prescribed activity. Tell me to find a feather, throw it as far as you can (Ozeki Prompt #7), and I’ll do it. Suggest that, while in a library,  I write a sincere note of apology, to someone…and fold it up and leave it in a library book…(Ozeki Prompt  9) and I’m enchanted, spurred to action.

But neither of these learning experiences begin with an “F,” so on the sixth day of the A-Z Challenge, I’m submitting a few excuses to illustrate why I’m fulfilling Prompt #20 in a minimal way.

  • I’m on vacation in my home town, Visalia, California, having fun with two friends I met in high school sixty years ago when we were thirteen year-old freshmen. Marylin lives in Visalia, Sandra’s home is in San Francisco, and I’m based in Bellingham.
  • It’s two a.m., equalling the evaporation of personal energy and creativity
  • Instead of working on today’s blog, I spent several hours in the library of my childhood combing through digital files about my great grandfather, a civil war veteran. He’s the subject of tomorrow’s “G” blog.

I appreciate the latitude in Ruth Ozeki’s prompts to not follow instructions.