Life After the Ashes

flowers grow after forest fire sunlight

You’re alive. You’re breathing. You’ve gathered together the remnants of your life—beautiful fragments meant for a new piece of art. Curiosity is returning. Sure, you still trace the scars with the tip of your heart every now and then. To remember is okay. To sorrow and rejoice in the remembering all at once is okay, too. And, then you begin to prepare a place for it to reside. After all of the digging around, some roots remain. So, you water those along with the new life searching underneath. You’ve just heard yourself laugh and the sound of it startles you, reminds you of what pieces and parts haven’t changed. It’s called healing. It’s called hope. This is life after the ashes.

Fast-write Writing Exercise: Set a timer for 2-5 minutes. Many of us feel as though we’ve walked through fire at one point in our lives. Write about what remains after the fire grows cool? Who are you in “life after the ashes?”

Need Fast-Write Guidelines? Read: HOW TO DO A FAST-WRITE OR “STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS” WRITING EXERCISE IN 3 STEPS

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