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Exercise #864

Exercise #864: Self Knowledge
Posted 8/22/20

Today’s exercise is prompted by Sue.

Recently we made the decision to have our beloved cat, Kona, put to sleep. While I know it was the right decision, it was a terribly hard one to make and I think the tears I shed that week were often for the pain of the decision as much as the loss of my furry companion.

When I wrote about it to my Drivel distribution list, Sue suggested my last line might make a good exercise. I think this category is where it fits best, rather than as an Ending Line.

So, today, think about a time when you had to make a hard decision. Perhaps it was like mine about a family pet, or perhaps it was something very different, such as deciding whether to report a friend at work for wrongdoing.

Whatever it was, remember how it felt to wrestle with the dilemma. Recall how it finally turned out. When you have it firmly in your mind, answer this question: I know it was the right decision, but how can doing the right thing hurt so much?

As always, you can choose to have a character do this exercise instead.

Critiquers, you might try answering these questions for critiquing the piece:
     * Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them forthe author.
     * Could you relate to this piece? Why or why not?

 Word limit: 1200
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Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: How our morals affect our decisions is a big part of who we are. This exercise may help you review them.

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