This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” — Click and read, click and join in! Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “is” Use the word “is” to begin your post – bonus points for using it (as a word on its own or at the end of your final word, i.e. “metamorphosis”) at the end of your post as well. Have fun!
“Is”, when placed at the beginning of a sentence, is usually an interrogative word. Is anyone there? Is there anything I can do? Is this ok?
“Is” provides answers. What is that? How is she doing? Where is my book? Why is he here? When is she coming back? How is it possible?
“Is” is present, it’s now. She is here with us. She is a really nice girl. It is a spectacular show. He is very intelligent. He is forgetful. She is no longer your friend. She is sorry. This is how things are now. “Is” is a state of being, whether certain or uncertain.
“Is” can be passive. It is being done as we speak. The house is being built. The meal is being prepared.
“Is” is continuous/progressive. She is reading the book. He is waiting for the airplane. She is crying. He is waving his hat in the air to get her attention. She is fanning herself with her newspaper. He is running five miles.
“Is” is not about me. It is about one other person, or one other thing. It is personal. He is, she is, it is… He is my density…I mean, my destiny. (haha – this is SoC after all, and I have Back to the Future on the brain. Don’t know why. So there ya go.) She is beautiful, she is kind. That painting is stunning. This coat is a link to my grandmother. The box is full of my memories.
“Is” is a small word, but it is powerful. It contains the power to be. To be present, because it is always now. It is not ever yesterday, and it is not tomorrow. It is just today. A small word, practically worthless in Scrabble, but yet…if I were to constrain myself to writing without it, I would be in a world full of regrets, memories, sighs, and history, or a world full of anticipation, hopes, dreams, and fears.
“Is” is a hard assignment. “Is,” despite its importance, tries to blend into my sentences, but today I have had to seek it out, to focus on it, to bring it out of the shadows of the language and pay attention, look at it, consider it, and think about how wonderful the present moment Is.