Copyright Erin Leary

Introspection becomes retrospection which leads to a head-on collision with shoulda, coulda, woulda hauling ass in my direction. Today while sorting through my to-do list, I stumbled upon a page of my life story that reminded me once upon a time I was a different person. Rebellion has been replaced by confidence, blind faith by experience. No longer craving approval, I have self-respect. No longer existing in a state of want, I have great fortune. Not the kind needing a portfolio manager but that merits gratitude.  I wish doubt would never darken my doorstep again. Is that just wishful thinking?


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46 thoughts on “Stem The Tide

  1. Great perspective.. and once you have seen the light.. darknesss is easily forgotten…

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      it is, isn’t it. funny how that works. let the light shine!

  2. rgayer55 says:

    Very thought provoking, Honie. Time changes everything, including us. I enjoyed this very much.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Russell, I’m so glad you enjoyed this. Time, the ultimate game changer. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Love this and need to borrow it as a daily reminder of where I have come to when I am feeling low.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Borrow it anytime you like, Val. I hope you feel better soon.

  4. erinleary says:

    I enjoyed this – like your own personal proclamation of freedom. We all need to feel this way more often.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Erin, thanks for the prompt. It sparked a lot of thoughtful stories.

  5. hugmamma says:

    Hooray for taking charge of one’s own life!!! Great take on the picture prompt. Absolutely great!

      1. hugmamma says:

        The pleasure’s all mine…

  6. I really like this philosophical, navel gazing number. And, yes. There is always doubt – it’s doubt that makes us human, likeable.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Always doubt. hmmm…dammit, you’re right. I wish you weren’t. More wishful thinking. So, we are likeable humans, I suppose.

  7. Hi Honie,
    A nice introspective musing about growth, change and how things, including ourselves, aren’t static, but ever changing. And I like the way your presented your thoughts. Good writing. Ron

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hi Ron, Thanks for the kind words.

  8. With age comes wisdom… I hate when all those things my grandmother/ mother/ etc said come true, but they do indeed. It’s a process. I find that 10 steps forward inevitably brings a couple of stumbles back as well. I’ve been writing a lot about this on my blog lately, as I navigate some big lessons. Nice job with this prompt! That fog and fuzzy sun, seem to bring a sense of contemplation, right? We went in similar directions. 😉

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      We did go in similar directions. Searching for clarity is an ongoing struggle. Getting it together requires taking it apart somehow, I think. This was much much longer than 100 words on the first pass. I agree about the prompt. It lent itself to the topic of self-analysis.

      1. So true! Getting it together does indeed require taking it apart… an ongoing process for me. 😉

  9. Wonderful, Honie! Your description of the two opposing sides is spot on.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Amy, I am so happy you saw that. It’s like one minute there is this recognition of how good things are and in the very next moment that old bugaboo creeps onto the page to ruin it.

  10. eLPy says:

    Well written and so true! It’s amazing how this process occurs, I’ve definitely been in some head-on collisions myself. My new poetry book is very much about and a product of these experiences that you’re talking about.

    One of the beauties of writing is that we have so much of ourselves that we can revisit. I think all artists and craftineers go through this when we look back on our older works. Really if you looked back and nothing was different then that alone could teach us that we need to do some growing and changing. I’m proud to know I’ve changed, even if sometimes I’m embarrassed by the old days. Good for you for being able to recognize and give yourself props!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I get what you are saying about older works. I was so happy to complete my first book. I think now there are parts that I would write differently. The good thing is…I can keep writing. Thanks for commenting.

      1. eLPy says:

        Everything in hindsight right? I already can feel my experience from publishing this book working for the next. And yes, we keep on keeping on!


  11. It’s amazing the way we continue to change and grow. I embrace it these days. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I have to remind myself all the time.

  12. Dear Honie,

    Deeply profound and masterfully written.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dear Rochelle,
      I just chiseled away at it until this was left. Your encouraging words mean so much.

  13. What a positive outlook on life – You’re great – Thanks for the pep talk! Nan

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      You give great compliments, Nan. It’s funny, the first title was How To Give A Pep Talk. Of course, I had to trim about eighty words from the first draft.

  14. I agree with Sandra profound is the word.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I like that word. Thank you.

  15. This is pitch perfect, Honie! I might need to print it for my inspiration bulletin board.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Well, that makes my day!

  16. Sandra says:

    Nicely profound piece.

  17. Lyle Krahn says:

    Nice play with introspection and retrospection.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks, Lyle. That is just how it goes, too. Just like that.

  18. Carrie Rubin says:

    “Introspection becomes retrospection which leads to a head-on collision with shoulda, coulda, woulda hauling ass in my direction.”—Loved that line!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Not too lyrical? Like a philosophical cowboy? 🙂

      1. Carrie Rubin says:

        As long as he’s not wearing Wranglers, it works for me. 😉

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          No Wranglers here. All our cowboys wear Levi’s or nothing at all. 😉

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      LouAnn – smiles –

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