Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lao-Tzu Writing Prompts 1

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Lao-Tzu Writing Prompts

Whether Lao-Tzu from China is a myth or actually lived, and whether or not Lao-Tzu was conceived when his mother gazed upon a falling star (after which he lived in the womb for 62 years before emerging after his mother leaned up against a plum tree), it is true that Lao-Tzu is considered the founder of Taoism and given credit for many insightful quotes.  Today we look at one Lao-Tzu quote that will inspire our creative writing prompts. 

"I have just three things to teach:  simplicity, patience, compassion.  These things are you greatest treasures."

Essay prompts:

1.  Do you agree that simplicity, patience, and compassion are the greatest treasures?  Why or why not?  Give examples.

2.  Reflect on how simplicity can bring joy and contentment.  How can you incorporate more of that into your life?

3.  Reflect on patience.  Do you need more?  What do you think you can do to become more patient?

Story Starters for Fiction Writing:

1.  She found pleasure in simple things like. . .

2.  He was surprised by her act of compassion. . .

Poetry Prompt:

Write a poem that contains at least three simple things that bring you joy.

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