The road to human development is paved with renunciation. Throughout our life we grow by giving up. We give up some of our deepest attachments to others. We give up certain cherished parts of ourselves. We must confront, in the dreams we dream, as well as in our intimate relationships, all that we never will have and never will be. Passionate investment leaves us vulnerable to loss. And sometimes, no matter how clever we are, we must lose. –Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

Fiction Writing Prompt: Work on your character sketch. What losses have contributed to your character’s personality? What has he or she chosen to give up?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a loss that had a deep impact on your life.

Art Prompt: We must lose

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how you’ve grown through giving something up.

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