Writing tip: Whose thoughts are you thinking?

freewritingWe live inside of one another, and our sentences echo and repeat themselves in the mind, and if we’re lucky, in the hearts of those we touch. Inside of us, the shadow of other’s sentences linger, even those spoken and heard or misunderstood years ago, and our conversation continues long after we’ve parted, sometimes evolving and sometimes stuck at a long-past time and place. It can be powerful to locate some of the sentences implanted in ourselves and update the inner exchange with mother, friend, boss, lover — past or present. Finding their impact in ourselves can be a jolting reminder to watch our own sentences, both written and spoken, and humbly respect the fire they hold.