21 Writing Prompts: Abundance
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More than once over the past several days, I’ve found myself thinking about the concept of abundance and how the spirit of overflowing has enriched my life.
Some may find this a strange time to be thinking of blessings and fruitfulness with our brethren in Japan facing the shock of loss and years of rebuilding; it is moments like these when often the true beauty of mankind shines through. Tragedies and natural disasters prompt a surge in blood donation, food drives, and grass roots efforts to help any way possible. The clever and resourceful ways people not only survive—but thrive—in face of such adversity gives everyone hope that each day will be just a little better than the one before. The abundance of love flowing across the miles—regardless of race, religion, or nationality—is an awesome phenomenon to watch in and of itself. And that generosity makes my heart smile.
Closer to home, I’ve been reminded, time and time again, of the abundance of ideas and creative thought ready to be mined, honed, treasured, used, discussed, applied, and shared. One spark of inspiration leads to another slightly bigger one which metamorphoses yet again into even more.
There are no limits to ideas—brilliant, tiny, happy, beautiful, amazing, shining, and free. They are waiting on the wee buds of cherry trees, on the glossy pages of magazines, on the salty air of the rocky coastline, on the whispered cries of newborn babies, on the bright clashing colors of a market bazaar, on the rooftop view of the street below, on the sweet tang of a fresh orange, on the wet drops of the morning dew.
Ideas are best when you offer them to a friend: They add their flavor to the inspiration and give it a new direction. This new concept is even better with the power of two people; and more pungent still when you add the strength of three or ten or fifteen or more. The original tiny piece of inspiration becomes a movement stronger than anyone could have ever dreamed, and more meaningful still when combined with the joy of friendship.
My favorite part about the profusion of creative ideas: You never run out. In fact, the more you share ideas, the more you have. Once you open your consciousness to these delicious bits, they continue to grow—not simply multiply, they expand exponentially. There is no stopping the bountiful flow of ideas and inspiration. And that abundance makes my imagination sing.
- Who brings abundance to your life? How is it evident? What impact has it had on you, your relationship, or your outlook?
- The abundance of cards and plants was overwhelming, and then there was the food. Jo was already swamped by her grief and now the generosity of her friends threatened to swallow her.
- The flowers in Aunt Lizzy’s backyard are abundant and glorious.
- What types of abundance to you see (i.e. abundance of money, abundance of bills, abundance of ideas)? How do you handle the abundance? In what ways can you share?
- Stepping into Marco’s Pizzeria is a treat to the senses: the abundance of smells and noise and tastes can overwhelm you with a symphony of experience.
- When did you recognize the impact of sharing abundance? How have you brought that to other people’s lives?
- Charlie always stared at Maria. Her abundance of hair, the curvy shape of her body, and the dimple—oh, the dimple got him every time.
- Where is more abundance needed—in your daily life, in your work, in your community? How can you fill that need? In what ways are others creating abundance or filling those needs?
- It is abundantly clear, you, my dear, have a problem. Take a step back from the chocolate and slowly walk away. And, you might try a bit of soap and water: The evidence of your candy feast is all over your face.
- Why are your feelings impacted by the lack of abundance or overabundance? How can you get it back into balance? What plans can you make to change those feelings?
- Freddy stared into the bathroom mirror and sniffed. He wanted to cry but kicked the vanity instead. Why did he have an abundance of pimples? The timing couldn’t be worse.
- How can you welcome and show gratitude for the abundance you receive?
- When Granny Gage died, she rotted in the house for days, another victim to her neglect. The dust and papers and creatures huddled in abundance around her body, waiting for decay to meld them into one.
- Francis Mary sat at the head of the table and smiled. All her children and grandchildren were squeezed together around a table threatening to break under the weight of the holiday feast. Her blessings were abundant and no more evident than today.
- Other than possessions, in what ways does abundance appear in your life? How can you document that abundance?
- Walking through the mansion, it is clear money is in abundance, twinkling about the room to play with the crystals on the chandelier and the bubbles in the champagne.
- Lord Jeffery sighed. The party and the laughter were lost on him. His only thoughts were for the eligible females and their mothers who swirled around him in abundance like vultures waiting for the wounded to die.
- In the media and online, what stories of abundance have you read about? What positive or negative effect does it have on those involved?
- ”Hell, the only thing we have in abundance around here is the flies.” Billy Ray wiped his forehead with a ratty handkerchief and pulled on his overall strap. “’Course, there’s also the smell. Bobby Joe, he has himself what you’d call a gas problem.”
- When you think of the word “abundance,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? How can you incorporate that into your creative writing project?
- Kate couldn’t be happier. She spun around and giggled, then glanced over her shoulder for witnesses. There were flowers and candles—in glorious, over-the-top abundance. Jessica would be jealous as all get out; Kate spun around once more.