Finish Lines

by Nancy Casey

Have you crossed any finish lines lately? It can be hard to remember all the things that we finish day to day, because once we finish something, we often forget about it. Today when you write, you will start with the words,

“I finished…”

Arrange your stuff in a way that looks pleasing to you. Take a breath or two. Wiggle around a little to loosen yourself up. As you do that, brainstorm with yourself about the idea of finishing something and the kinds of things you have finished lately.

Draw a line at the top of the page where your title will go. Set aside some space for illustration if you like. Start drawing or doodling in it if it helps your mind focus. If your mind feels empty of ideas, doodling, drawing, or even just scribbling, relaxes your mind so ideas can get in.

Write down the words, “I finished…” and complete the sentence by describing something that, for you, is “all done.” Comment on it if you like. If it reminds you of anything you haven’t finished, don’t write about that.

At work, in school, or running a household, all sorts of things get finished—job duties, assignments, laundry, meals, and all sorts of tasks like those.

You could think about how your day tends to be ordered. What “parts” does your day seem to have? What is finished when you go from one part to the next?

Are some things that you finish more satisfying that others?

When you have filled up the page, look back over your work. Add illustration or decoration if you like.

Do your ideas form any kind of a pattern? Do they seem to be about a bigger idea that you hadn’t really planned on writing about? If they do, maybe you can use that insight to think up a title. If they don’t, make up some kind of a title anyway and write it at the top of the page.

Put your initials or a signature on the page, too. And write the date on it. Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. If you would like some help or encouragement with any kind of writing project, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.

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