21 Writing Prompts: Steps
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Taking the first step is the hardest part.
I love going for walks, particularly where we live, in close proximity to Monterey Bay. There is nothing quite like smelling the fresh breeze off the ocean, hearing the sound of the waves as they crash upon the rocks, and tasting the salt from the misting water on my mouth. It is refreshing, relaxing, and rewarding; a renewal of mind, body, and spirit.
There are times it would be easier to just stay in my studio, watch a movie, or laze on the couch, but I know if I take those initial steps, I am on my way to my favorite experience of the day. The sense of freedom I enjoy, the time to think and breathe the fresh air, and the feeling of accomplishment I get from completing my walk cannot be duplicated inside.
On the days of my longest trek, I take over 17,690 steps to complete the circuit—an exhausting two and a half hours of steady movement—and it is worth every moment. What is the most difficult portion of my little foray? The final half mile, .58 to be exact, is completely uphill. I dread the last stretch towards home, but I continue trudging forward because the end, and the payoff, is in sight.
Our dreams and goals are often like that: Finding a way to begin can be intimidating. Looking at the entire project may bring about fear, insecurity, and procrastination. By breaking up the larger venture into smaller segments—using baby steps, we can see a way to complete manageable bits without becoming overwhelmed. Over time, those finished tasks slowly add up to a happy conclusion and a successful whole.
In the final stages, you may find yourself facing a hurdle. Stay true to your path; your reward, the satisfaction of completion, is near. Take a deep breath and go to the next step. After you have reached your objective, you can reflect on the journey and know all the effort, sacrifice, and dedication were time well spent.
- During our Skype chat yesterday, Baby Brooke took her first steps!
- Each purchase includes step-by-step instructions.
- Sure, I took my steps up the corporate ladder, crushing all competition along the way.
- How did I make it from a spry walker to a marathon runner? Here are the steps I took and what I learned along the way.
- For a wedding surprise, Howard took dancing lessons. About half his steps were on his partner’s feet, and you could see him mouthing the count as he waltzed his way across the room, but his bride loved it anyway.
- Musical steps (i.e. degree of the staff or whole step)
- Never imagined my adult-self in this career, but when you marry the undertaker’s daughter, you step into an opportunity.
- The map had to be accurate: He’d buried his favorite Hot Wheels racer, a Pete Rose rookie baseball card, and over four dollars in the Duke’s of Hazard lunch box. He counted the steps between the swing set and the barn door one more time, tucked his tongue between his teeth, and marked the number on the paper in careful, deliberate strokes.
- To Mama Dee’s utter embarrassment—and Daddy Ray’s chagrin—my cousin stepped down from her position as Polker County’s White Bride spokesperson. She could hide her condition no longer.
- To step out for the evening
- ”Step it up, Franklin. Step. It. Up.” Coach Stephens emphasized each word with a blow of his whistle.
- To move in step with the rhythm of music
- Watch your step
- Once she’d fainted—on live television—I stepped in and finished hosting the show. Of course no one told me, until much later, I had a giant piece of spinach stuck in my front teeth.
- Step up or hurry
- Retrace your steps
- Steps of a staircase
- ”We have a live one!” Mr. Raffin shoved past me, “Step aside, Sebastian.” It was the first time I’d seen a man that large move that fast, and—I had hope—I would live long enough it wouldn’t be my last.
- My grandpappy always said “Step right up!” was carny-speak for “Here’s another sucker.” A circus clown for more than thirty years, I figured grandpappy knew what was what.
- Step-parent, Step-Child
- Step-by-step description of your day (your vacation, your work schedule, etc.)