ENGLISH 1A PROMPT

Everything around you has value, everything around you instructs.  Yes, you have to choose to see it that way, but it’s for years been something I’ve believed. Where are you right now, what are you doing?  What is your Now teaching you?  It’s easy to dismiss this idea, but that’s a choice. Try looking further into where you are.. into the “magic of your meta”.  A desk is not just a desk, a store is not just a store, a job is not just what it is on the surface… look further, past the material and tangible.  What story is being brought to fruition?

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  1. Rory Parsons says:

    In this world we construct many different environments though each have one commonality. They all have guidelines for what to do in the while in the environment. For example a dining room instructs us to eat, a car tells us to travel somewhere and a bedroom is the place we are taught to sleep in. I am currently sitting a my desk completing my schoolwork for the week. The chair I am in currently suggested this is an opportunity to sit down. My laptop, notebooks, pens and pencils tell my brain it is time to work on academics. This analysis is just the surface level of what I am doing. More deeply I am attempting to full fill what society has required of me to be accepted into a four year university’s business program. I do this because I have been taught that earning a degree from one of these schools will allow me to one day become successful. Though the only true success is personal development. I should focus more of my energy on developing the discipline to do challenging schoolwork for long hours without becoming distracted. This is a challenge for me so being able to break through this barrier is the real way I will feel success and happiness. Every environment we enter comes with a new challenge, and finding a way to defeat this is what we are prompted to do.

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  2. Kaia Stites says:

    My Now is teaching me the importance of enjoying what surrounds you. Right now I am sitting at my desk with my window open right in front of me. When I sit at my desk my brain says its time to focus and not get distracted but if I look up from my laptop I have nature in front of me. I have trees, birds, cars and sunlight all in front of me. If I only focused on my computer I would miss everything right in front of me. I can draw inspiration from the world right outside my bedroom or I can use it as a way to clear my head so I can turn in my best work.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Nice… love the poetic sense of this. Cheers!

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  3. Brianna Steel says:

    I’m sitting at my desk, trying to get my homework done. My surroundings instruct me that it is time to work, but my inability to sit still says I should get up. I need to pass my classes so I can get a degree to be successful. My now is teaching me that I need to manage my time better between two jobs and school. I need to make more time to care for myself because even now after being sent home from work after getting sick, I still have a large group of things that need to be done. I am not able to rest at all, I just can’t stop. My bed is calling me to rest but my desk and laptop tell me it’s time to work.

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  4. Taylor Martindale says:

    The last five days my surroundings have been a hospital, I’ve been caring for my mom. The most interesting observation is how precious life can be. I have witnessed all ages of life in beds with and without visitors. I’ve seen fear, sadness, and happiness. The floor I’m on is the neurology and pediatric floor. The contrast of the two is intriguing, my Now is teaching me time moves fast and that moments don’t repeat themselves. I strive to be the best version of myself. To be successful in an area to make my life fulfilling. Everyone wants success, the drive to be wanted and needed.

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  5. Emma Di Coio says:

    Primarily when I work I work very quickly through my routine and the days tends to pass me by all to quickly. I spend my days worried about the next days work and assignments to complete. I get irritable at how mismanaged my time is. My now is teaching me I guess to slow down and think through things. Break big projects up into small increments and think about those before the finished product getting done. Avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to do and instead appreciate what you have completed. It may have not seemed like much but at least the tasks are done and not something that is on the long list of things that need to get done.
    I lead a hectic life and I think that when I get time to myself I take over that calmness and don’t get stuff done like hw or outside of work things. I like to think that I’m on top of things but I feel my fragile hold on everything is slipping and I continuously worry when the dam will break. But as I said to avoid being overwhelmed I have to focus on small things getting done and break things down into increments.

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    1. Alize Marsh says:

      My Now is teaching me how to live in an environment where things aren’t the same as before. It’s a learning experience but also feels like life or death with bringing in life this time faster than ever. I would hate to say that this is the norm, children who were born in these times growing up that it’s normal for them when it wasn’t normal for us. I learned a lot about myself as well as others who I was with.

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  6. jasonrholtz says:

    I just trimmed the lavender in my garden in an attempt to prepare for winter. I am waiting to be picked up, tonight I have dinner plans with two of my closest friends. I sit at my desk looking to fill time, I have trouble accepting these idle moments. I feel that to be engaging in the present action is required. I enjoy contemplation but I am a tactical person. Work and creation bring me into the now.

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  7. Adriana Porter says:

    Knowing and responding to our environment and our own being is important. Our very existence is intertwined with everything around us. We learn to adapt to all our surroundings, living and non living. Even just determining how I interact with everything in my room is responding to my environment. My roof providing shelter, my fridge providing food, and all my needs being fulfilled by the environment in my home. Our surroundings are connect with everything we do.

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  8. Leticia Camarena says:

    I agree that everything around us has value and that everything around us instructs. Right now, I am in my grandma’s house, spending time with her. Now is teaching me that family is important and every single second you spend time with them is precious. Now is also teaching me that nothing in life is impossible, as long as you put in the effort and time. The teachings taught to me instruct lessons, challenges instruct strength, obstacles instruct growth, failures instruct in success, uncertainty instructs confidence, and so on. Vehicles instruct transportation or traveling, beds instruct to relax and sleep after a long day of work and school, windows instruct the fresh air of the outside, curtains instruct to cover the outside, light instruct brightness to the room, the clock instructs the time I am at this moment doing, the phone on my hands instruct on what I am looking at to type in right now what I am going to say, and so on. Seeing what is around you speaks so much about your story and where you stand. The things around you have a deeper meaning than you think.

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  9. Foxine Sutton says:

    In my life right now I am trying to figure out how to be happy. I work at a job I hate. I know that a lot of the reason for my unhappiness is spending 40 hours in a place that makes me miserable. How do i know that it’s mostly my job that makes me sad? Well probably the fact that I literaly jump out of bed and look forward to my day on the days I don’t go to work. This is oppossed to dreading the day when I do work.This has been going on for several years and it’s finally dawned on me that no amount of money is worth remaining in a place that has this effect on my mental and emotional well being. I am starting to understand all that talk about being in control of your destiny and taking your life in the direction you want. I took a chance and put in my 2 weeks and decided that I could live on my savings for a little bit. The company offered me more money to stay which I agreed to do but only 2 days a week. I was also able to pick up 3 very, very part time jobs within a week after putting in my notice. I don’t know if I will like the new jobs but I am getting excited about seeing where my life will go and trying something new. Change is terrifying. But everytime I make a change because I am unhappy I always end up asking myself why I didn’t do it sooner.

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  10. My NOW is teaching me more about who I am. I’ve realized over the past months that I am a very passionate person and if I really want to get something done that has meaning I will. I’ve discovered that writing down what I need to do in a day has killed my habit of procrastination that I struggled with for so many years and it feels really good now to be productive doing what I love. I try to fulfill everyday by getting somewhat better and I find myself wanting to learn everything.

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  11. Tommy Koreen says:

    Right now I am sitting on the couch and answering this blog post. I learned that if I take time to really focus on my assignments then I can be more successful on them. If I can stayed relaxed and don’t get zoned out I learned that I can get a lot done. This strategy not only works with assignments but with work, chores and anything that requires some amount of focus.

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  12. Allison Haney says:

    I can see how it can be difficult for people to understand the gravity of our lives. Was the creation of the universe a lucky coincidence or was it all meant to be? I have a hard time believing it’s not replanned. Coincidences in life and everything happening for a reason all go along with that.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Yes!! Good point!

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  13. Adena Moses says:

    I have never thought about the deeper meaning to my Now until right now. A lot of people say live in the moment, you are living now, focus on now. I was never that person to be in the moment and to focus on my now, until after I moved out. When I was living with my parents I always felt like I had to be a beautiful pressed white button down shirt. No wrinkles, no stains, living up to their standards. I felt like my life was a methodical plan, every detail was planned out, my future was planned out when I was in middle school. Sitting here on my couch in front of my computer thinking about my now, I am confused and having a hard time thinking about my now. I think about my now, my mind is just blank and it wanders to the future, and how to prepare for it better.

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  14. Itzel Hernandez says:

    Now is teaching me how to live in the moment. Whether it be being frustrated doing homework or whether it be working three straight days of eight hour shifts. Because at the end it would all be worth it. Whether it is something we didn’t wish we were doing it’s better getting it over with. Now I live in the moment now I appreciate everything that happens the way it does every minute of the day. Why? Because everything is already set to happen for each Individually. People will always want you to do what they want to do. But it is what you want to do so do what you want to do and I appreciate now. Thing I’ve learned to do things for yourself no matter what others think or say. All those waves of emotions are are just passing by. It is not forever so enjoy life at even you’re down falls

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  15. Leyla Craven says:

    I feel like my “Now” is an important transitionary period in my life, even though I feel overwhelmed or restless most of the time. I am learning the importance of self discipline; how to get myself out of bed in the morning when nobody is holding me accountable except myself. In high school you don’t have to be as self-reliant, you are much more involved with your teachers, family, and group of peers. Now I spend most of my time alone and I have to find ways to maximize my own potential. Sometimes I really hate how much college and work consume my life, especially when I’m missing out on social endeavors. But I’m realizing now that saving up money by working and putting my best effort into my schooling is more important than whatever “fun” things I’d rather be doing instead. I really want to create my future for myself that I often daydream about. My “Now” can be exhausting and monotonous at times, but it is worth it when I see that I am getting closer to my goals. Even though I find myself struggling, I know I am building up a stronger work ethic that will help me later in life.

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  16. Gina Nguyen says:

    My now is teaching me the importance of being patient and learning that everything will fall into place while working for it and living in the now. I have learned recently that if I keep rushing or stressing about something not happening might be not happening for a reason. It’s like the saying “one door closes, another one opens”. Lately, I’ve been stressed about opportunities not working out or not happening for my career and so I took a step back and started focusing on my health, family, and school. While doing that, opportunities started to come.

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  17. Grisha Driscoll says:

    Right now I am typing away at a post I should have done days ago but hadn’t gotten to yet due to be preoccupied with other selfish and personal ventures. I scowl at my situation and lack of sleep but continue pressing forward because the work I have been putting in has been worth it. Recently I have reconnected with an old friend of mine and been working on a few film projects. It’s only been a small acting role but it’s allowed me to go out and create stories to entertain the small viewers who come across this guy’s work. Don’t know if it was a sign from the universe just throwing me a bone or simply a stroke of good luck. Even though it’s small the potential for further greatness fills me with a fire unlike any other. What the now is telling me is that any moment might be a good one or a bad one, so just go out and perform like it’s your last because there’s no going back if you take your foot off the gas. There are never any redos in life, only other chances. And I’ll be damned if I let these ones slip away.

    The now is also telling me to eat dinner and hydrate more regularly but that can wait. Good ol’ Dave Sedaris needs to tell me some more jokes and quirky stories of his father. Anyways, cheers!

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  18. Carlos Gonzalez says:

    Right now I am doing my work and completing many different tasks. I think my Now is teaching that nothing good in life comes easy and instead you have to work hard for it to become a reality.

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  19. Miranda Rivas says:

    Where am I now? Well, I am in my bed currently trying to destress myself about the abundance of work I have to complete in the days before the weekend. Although I am trying to stay positive and organized I find myself overwhelmed. I know in the back of my mind that I will complete this work but, it is hard to envision that completion at this point. My now is teaching me that organization and staying on top of work, tasks, etc. is the only way to rid the stress I am feeling at this very moment. In addition to that, I now am demonstrating that all of my hard work will eventually pay off and that the end of the stress I am feeling is only temporary because happiness is just around the corner.

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  20. Nicholas Latorre says:

    My now is teaching me to value every moment and things that occurs. Everything has value and a reason. I am sitting at my desk like most of us are but we need to look deeper into this. We all are here because we need this class for credits or maybe your majoring in English. We all have a purpose being in this course. Just like we all do at work, trying to make money to sustain our living. I am realizing that nothing in life is given to your without the work needed. We are all working towards something at all times. When I am at the gym, yes I am trying to be as fit as possible and look good. What else I am I doing? I am pushing myself to the limit. Just like the person next to me is. I am also letting all the stress of my day out. At the gym, I see people with that same mentality. To be better than themselves the next day. In this class, we are becoming better writers, readers, and students. We all are trying our best to get the best grade we can in this class. I am at his computer because I want to obtain something in the class and get something out of it too.

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  21. My now is teaching me how to enjoy the little things. Theres going to be a time when all of the things that Im doing aren’t going in my life anymore like sports or being able to hang out with your friends all the time. If you look to far ahead and dread all of the hard times that may come up in your life you may miss out on a short period of time that you will never get back

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  22. cenamurphy says:

    My now is teaching me to indulge in every opportunity given, and to stop worrying about the minuscule things in life. For the past week I have been cooped up in my room, post wisdom teeth surgery, while the rest of the world moved on with out me. Every so often I forget about what the world has to offer and the experiences we can have so readily at hand when we decide to step out of the door. After this week I am jumping into as much fun I can get into.

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  23. Trinity Merwin says:

    Right now I feel as though I am in a transitional phase. I graduated from High School last year ad have now used this year to do school work so I can transfer to a UC and work at my job to make money so I can leave. I have not been making plans for my future, bu have been preparing for it. My now has taught me that I don’t need to have a set plan in order to keep moving forward and be productive.

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  24. Marcos Espinoza says:

    This prompt really has me thinking of something that I can’t quite describe. The way I interpret it is as to look past what something is supposed to be but instead to ponder on what that something could be instead. My now is really making wonder and acknowledge some heavy questions about life such as can you really live life to the fullest or if I really utilized my time well could that make my life more meaningful and happy. These are the type of questions my now is teaching me to try and come to understand and I feel once I come to find an answer I will come out with a great story on the wonders of my life.

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  25. Elise Pierce says:

    Presently I have gotten a new job and I’m still studying in school. Delving further into spirituality, and attempting to progress in a healthy way in all of those avenues. I am currently practicing contentment, which is new to me.

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  26. Alondra Cervantes says:

    My now has taught me that nothing is promised. For so long I had envisioned this “perfect” life for myself, but as life went by I found that perfect is just make believe and it is okay to have a “crazy” life because we all do in our own perspectives. In the now I have also learned we need to take risk and fight for what we believe in because who will? However in conclusion, Now is such an illusion because when is now? My now vs. your now are much complete times for us both, which is also a strong reason I believe we are all meant to be in our own now paths and it is okay were you are at, because for some reason the universe wants you right there.

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