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pusillanimous

  • lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  • proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What do you wish you had the courage to do?

Art Prompt: Pusillanimous

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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There is also a myth of a sacred cavern, a place of immortality where time did not exist, guarded by fiery bees. In the legend, Rhea gave birth to Zeus here, handing him over at once to the care of the insects. But four rash intruders wearing bronze armour for protection made their way into the cave to steal honey, which was still forbidden to humans, They were about to bear off their sacrilegious loot when the new-born child began to cry. Seeing him in his blood-stained swaddling clothes, the intruders were so frightened that their armour dropped off and the bees attacked them. But no one could die in that cave, particularly after touching the honey. To maintain the order of things, Zeus saved the robbers from the bees’ venom by instantly changing them into birds which flew away. In gratitutde to the bees for their devotion to duty, the god gave them bronze armour to hide their fiery nature in future, and having a good command of language for a new-born baby, he added that their courage would always remain a byword. –History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku about the courage of bees.

Journaling Prompt: What do you think about bees? How do you react when one flies close to you.

Art Prompt: The courage of bees

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about bees.

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When Abbess Ebba received tidings of the near approach of the pagan hordes, who had already wrecked vengeance upon ecclesiastics, monks, and consecrated virgins, she summoned her nuns to Chapter, and in a moving discourse exhorted them to preserve at any cost the treasure of their chastity. Then seizing a razor, and calling upon her daughters to follow her heroic example, she mutilated her face in order to inspire the barbarian invaders with horror at the sight. The nuns without exception courageously followed the example of their abbess. When the Danes broke into the cloister and saw the nuns with faces thus disfigured, they fled in panic. Their leaders, burning with rage, sent back some of their number to set fire to the monastery, and thus the heroic martyrs perished in the common ruin of their house. –A Calendar of Scottish Saints by Michael Barrett

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about heroic women facing danger.

Journaling Prompt: What sacrifice would you be willing to make to protect something important to you?

Art Prompt: Courageous Sacrifice

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a story about an ordinary person who made a courageous sacrifice in the face of a great challenge.

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Child in Wonder

On my honor, I will do my best To confound the expectations of society, To observe the super-consciousness in all its workings, To seek independence in body, in intellect, and in spirit. We followed the Wonder Scout Law, too, which we recited at every meeting. A Wonder Scout is curious, adventurous, strong, observant, resourceful, brave, skeptical, thoughtful, and aware. -Will Ludwigsen, We Were Wonder Scouts, Asimov’s Science Fiction Aug 2011

Writing Prompt: Write a story about a Wonder Scout.

Journaling Prompt: How do you maintain your sense of wonder?

Art Prompt: Wonder Scout

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Hi Anxiety

“Because social anxiety associated with the prospect of facing an embarrassing situation is such a common and powerful emotion in everyday life, we might think that we know ourselves well enough to predict our own behavior in such situations,” said Leaf Van Boven, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. “But the ample experience most of us should have gained with predicting our own future behavior isn’t sufficient to overcome the empathy gap — our inability to anticipate the impact of emotional states we aren’t currently experiencing.”

The illusion of courage has practical consequences. “People frequently face potential embarrassing situations in everyday life, and the illusion of courage is likely to cause us to expose ourselves to risks that, when the moment of truth arrives, we wish we hadn’t taken,” said George Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology within CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Knowing that, we might choose to be more cautious, or we might use the illusion of courage to help us take risks we think are worth it, knowing full well that we are likely to regret the decision when the moment of truth arrives.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a poem or character’s internal monologue about a situation that requires the illusion of courage.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when you face a potentially embarrassing situation?

Art Prompt: Illusion of Courage

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