This is one of the writing prompts for the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge. Today’s prompt comes from Sticky Notes Left to Their Fate in Public Places. I LOVE this idea! As a perpetual note-writer (and -loser) and fan of Found, I couldn’t resist this prompt. (And so happy to be reminded about Found! I haven’t check it out in ages…. and there goes any possible productivity for several hours. *watches it go*)
I especially tend to use sticky notes as bookmarks. Occasionally, they slip all the way between the pages and become plastered in place, only to be found years later on re-reading the book. It’s like unearthing ancient history- old grocery lists and page numbers for quote in books I no longer own or reminders for things I may or may not have remembered to do. I am forgetful, and get to be a thought-archaeologist when I stumble across these old notes.
Other people’s notes are even MORE fascinating. What did they mean? What was the person like? What were their hopes and dreams? This trend of scattering inspirational notes where other can find them deliberately is just lovely (“You are Beautiful” notes in school lockerrooms and bathrooms are a great example.)
So, on to the actual challenge: what would be my short memo reminder, and where would I post it?
I think, without a doubt, I would say “Appreciate it Now” and post it on one of the walls at the Uni where I work. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and not appreciate what’s in front of you, especially during the hectic college years when it seems your focus is always forward: the next class, the next weekend, the next semester, the next step.
In fact, I will do this- I’ll make a note, post it, and take a picture for you, dear followers. What would YOU write, and where would you put it?
Update: Here it is!
In retrospect, I might have used “Appreciate NOW” instead. I think it is a slightly different message, maybe.
Update: It lasted almost a full week before it disappeared- don’t know if campus cleanup picked it up on a sweep, it blew away, or if someone kept it. I hope that someone kept it. If I do this again, I’ll put it in a slightly more public place.