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Exercise #895

Exercise #895: Self Knowledge
Posted 4/16/21

I realized the other day that I have a daily “reset” reminder. Every morning, I hear from my mom on text. That tells me she’s alive and functioning enough to text me, and she usually gives me her morning blood glucose reading. Three days ago, she was late. I hadn’t realized how in tune I was to the timing of that morning text until it didn’t show up within the usual time frame.

Everyone has an occasional restless night, sleeps in one morning, or forgets to do something, so I wasn’t terribly worried. I figured after about an hour I’d text her, and if she didn’t answer within a reasonable time, I’d call. If I got no answer, I’d call the facility and ask them to check on her. Last resort, I’d drive over there and let myself into her apartment.

She texted me within the hour, said she’d not slept well and so was running late (and had to rush to get ready to go down for breakfast).


No more thoughts about it that day at all. Then the next morning, at about *that time,* I noticed I was thinking about it, wondering if she’d text me on time . . .

It amazes me how the mind can do that, and there are several such things in my life. If you don’t think you have any, think again. What day is your garbage pickup? Or what time does your snail mail usually show up?

For today's exercise you may give us an essay about this topic or show us a scene illustrating it.

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 for the 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: Thinking about our daily, weekly or monthly “brain resets” might give us some insight into how we work.

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