Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with several questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you’ll say, “Thanks for the memories.”

Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī – Hafez was a 14th century Persian poet. Iranians regard his collected works as the high point of Persian literature and keep them alive by committing them to memory and repeating them.

Here’s a favorite of mine:

And still, after all this time,

The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with

A love like that,

It lights the Whole Sky.” [Hafez]

Story Prompt: What is the astonishing light of your own being that illuminates the whole sky of who you are, who you know and, who you are yet to know? Tell *that* story.

Practical Tip: Share your story with someone or something: your journal, your animal companion, your dear friend, or the trees in the woods. All that matters is you imagine the astonishing light of your own being and tell that story.

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