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Today we start the questions from our new book, Learning to Fall: Recording the Blessings of an Imperfect Life by Philip Simmons. This book is actually a journal based on the book by the same name. “It’s designed to guide readers in their quest for self-knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment. It presents topics of universal concern, including Imperfection, Acceptance, and Emptiness.”* It’s a journal to help us perfect our skills in the art of living. I am sad to say that Philip Simmons died from complications due to ALS on July 27, 2002. But his wisdom and insight live on in his books. So let’s get started.

The journal is divided up into 12 sections. Each section has four or five questions, and we’ll tackle them one at a time. The first section is MYSTERY. (Please excuse my clumsy wording of instructions. Not wanting to copy it out of the book…)


Do you perceive life as a problem to be worked out, or a mystery to be experienced? Have you ever encountered something so powerful, befuddling, joyful, or horrible that you can’t figure out WHAT it means? If so, imagine yourself standing on the edge of a cliff puzzling it out. Do you see it as a problem to be solved and back away in fear, confusion, or the belief it can’t really be that great, or do you leap forward into the mystery of it? Let’s talk about problems and mysteries, shall we?



Where in your life have you experienced true mystery?

Oh my! I hope they started out with the hardest question? I didn’t even know how to word that introduction! Well I hope you have some kind of sense of what the journal is talking about. THIS ought to be interesting… o_O

As always, remember to include the link to this post on YOUR blog post. Or if your response isn’t overly long, feel free to leave it in the comment section below. And please feel free to interpret the prompt however you wish: memoirs, poems, pictures, etc.

If you would like to see the previous prompts, they’re listed in the menu at the top of the blog in The Sandbox Writing Challenge. But please feel free to just jump in wherever we are at the moment! After all, the prompts are really for YOU to get to know YOURSELF. (Posts from past prompts you wish to tackle will always be added to the current week’s challenge page.)

Ok… I’m going to go scratch my head about this one for awhile. I can’t WAIT to see what I come up with. And if you CAN’T come up with something, then explain what you think Philip Simmons meant by the word MYSTERY


*from Learning to Fall: Recording the Blessings of an Imperfect Life by Philip Simmons.

Picture Credits:
Mystery — www.123rf.com
Wile-e-coyote — lawschooli.com

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ladyleemanila’s post (ladyleemanila) — You and Mystery
Opher’s coment (Opher’s World) — see below
Linda’s post (Spiritual Dragonfly) — Life Is A Mystery
Calen’s post (Impromptu Promptlings) — The Mystery of Love
Safar’s post (Blisters, Bunions & Blarney) — I Am Waiting
Raili’s post (soulgifts — Telling Tales) — It’s a Mystery
Deb’s post (My Weary Mind) — You and Mystery
Lori’s post (As the Fates Would Have It) — You and Mystery