Friday September 28th, 2012

The exercise:

Write four lines of prose about: yesterday/today/tomorrow.

You can follow my example if you wish, or branch off and do something new and exciting.

That was a long harvest day. I am tired and have nothing of interest to say, so we'll just get on with things, shall we?

Mine:

Yesterday I fell short of the man I wish to be. Today was somewhat better, but there were still far too many mistakes and pratfalls for my liking. Tomorrow... tomorrow I shall stand tall, rise above my shortcomings, stay true to my values, and be the man I've always meant to be.

And the cycle continues, forever unbroken.

4 Comments:

writebite said...

marc, the cycle sounds scary. can i get off the ride?

yesterday/today/tomorrow

Tomorrow is too late if you are on your deathbed, thinking about what might have been.
You'll have to let yesterday's bygones be bygones, for it'd be time to let go.
You could have filled your life with less work, more travel and more fun times with friends and the family fate bestowed upon you.
So that's got to be the lesson for today.

Greg said...

Hah, I don't think you ever have "nothing of interest to say," Marc! Still, I appreciate how tiredness can make everything seem banal and not worth writing down :)
Those are a very philosophical four lines, and I'm sure that there are incremental improvements in there that mean the cycle, though unbroken, still allows you to ascend to god-like perfection, even if your standards rise ever higher to compensate.

Yesterday tomorrow
Tomorrow was yesterday again, which was a bit confusing at first. When I realised what was going on though, it all became a lot easier, and it was very gratifying to be able to be stood at the right window for the best view when my boss got hit by a bus. The trouble is, with all these time-storms going on, that today still hasn't happened yet. And the longer it takes for it to happen, the greater the chances of us just drifting free of the time-line altogether....

Marc said...

Writebite - I think if we make a conscious choice, we can all get off that particular ride.

Very good take on the prompt! Well said.

Greg - yeah, those ever rising standards tend to get in the way of contentment, in my experience.

Time-storms sound like they could really toss a wrench in the gears of any attempt at scheduling. I like it!

Also: love that your narrator chose to take advantage of knowing what was coming by getting a good view of his boss getting hit by a bus :D

writebite said...

marc, 100% agree with you