embracing now

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


 On the rocky hillside Jane looked out over the eerie landscape below. She pulled the shawl just a little tighter to ward off the chill. The chill. Was it coming from the inside-or the outside of her world? It seemed so difficult to leave behind all that had been both familiar and comforting. And now as she sat here- here in this lonely place, she began to doubt the resolve behind her decision. She remembered reading once that some people would rather continue in a known but unhappy situation, than to risk the terror of the unknown. She sensed that she was one of those people. Change- such a short simple word. Short but ominous. What if I can’t? What if it doesn’t work?  What if it isn’t safe? Her mind was filled with every possible doubt and fear and anxiety she could imagine.
  But then, as she waivered, Jane began to draw strength from those very rocks in this very place. And something from deep inside began to whisper- “You can never go back. Back was then. Here is now. Now may be new; but now is  all that you truly have. Start with the now- even if it is new- and go forward one day at a time to the next, and the next, and the next after that.
Build your life going forward. Let go of all that you needed to leave behind.”
  Bolstered by this new realization, Jane rose from the ground, determined to set forth on this next phase of her life’s journey. How long would it last? Where would “home” be when all was said and done? She didn’t know- and surprsingly that was OK. She no longer felt the need to be in control.


Submitted: June 01, 2021

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JoBoy

This is very nice! Great job. I assume this is for the short story contest with the picture of the woman gazing across a barren landscape? Very well done indeed. If you have the time, please check out my short story titled "The Phone Call from Hell." I promise it'll be worth your time and you will laugh reading through it! :) Thank you and have a great day!

Tue, June 1st, 2021 7:46pm

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