A Time For Introspection

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Daily Prompt: The Great Pretender

Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? Tell us all about it.

Maybe, just maybe it’s not a syndrome after all. Perhaps it is something, if used properly, can keep us mentally and emotionally healthy. Another term that might be used is humility or modesty. Which person would you rather be next to or married to; the one who says, “I really deserve the praise received,” or “That was something unexpected I really don’t deserve that. I was only doing my job?”

Anywho, this was a nice little prompt. I wish there was more time to explore it more fully and deeply and spin it into a meaningful and intriguing story. But here’s one about getting rid of all distractions in order to meditate and think more fully and deeply.

 A Time For Introspection 

Darrell and Parker drifted for three days in a rubber raft in open seas. Only hopelessness, water, eternity, and nothing lay beyond the horizon. They had water and rations along with despair and loneliness.

At what state and when does madness set in Parker wondered.

“Strange things happen when you’re at sea,” Darrell said. “You begin to think like you have never thought before. You sink deep into thought and perhaps for the first time in your life have the time to really exam who you are. You think about things not tried, secret passions, words left unsaid. You know, that kind of thing.”

“I’m pretty much thinking about finding land over the horizon,” Parker said. “Introspection is a luxury best enjoyed when alone.”

Darrell went on as if Parker said nothing. “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for just a day? What do you think life would be like?”

Shocked, Parker said. “You talkin’ to me?”

“Well, I suppose,” Darrell said. “There’s nobody else on the raft.”

Darrell looked off to the vast horizon at the ocean’s edge.

Parker counted to 10. He picked up the oar and cracked it over the top of Darrell’s head. Darrell slumped over the side of the raft with his hands dangling in the water. Parker grabbed his legs and swung them into the water and than pushed the rest of Darrell’s body in the ocean.

“Now I have the time and space for introspection,” Parker said. “I wonder why I did that?”

(Continued tomorrow.)

 

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19 comments

  1. Introspection means to look within, and anyone who gets distracted by what is outside or who is around cannot really introspect. His focus is wrong. Introspecting is not easy for a person so selfish that he can kill for creating his own setting for introspection.
    Meditation is a good way to start on the path of introspection. Lots of people meditate even when surrounded by other people.
    The art of introspection is the ability to see within and be oblivious to anything external. It does not necessarily require one to be alone.

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