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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: Embracing The Dream
By Karen McCabe
01/11/11


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I can see it!

It's coming. It's almost here!

If I can just stretch my arm out far enough, I can grab it. I'm reaching, stretching. Here it comes. One last bolt of energy, I'll snatch it and it will be mine.

Wait. What happened? Where'd it go? You mean, I missed it? I couldn't have. I tried my best. I thought You said if I tried my hardest and put forth my best effort, I would get it. So how did I miss it, again?

What went wrong? I thought I did what I should do. I held on tight with one hand and reached and stretched with the other. I made sure I was standing firm. Isn't that the way to do it? Isn't that the sure-fire way to get it?

What's that You say? I'm in the wrong spot? If I move over there, I'll be able to reach it?

What difference could that make? I like my spot. It's my spot. I got this spot when someone else left it and I've been here a long time. It's comfortable. And there's a lot to do - a lot to occupy my time here while I'm waiting. You know, the opportunity only comes by once in a blue moon and I can't just sit around, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for it to show up again. I have plenty of other things, important things, to do here in this spot while I wait. If I stay here, I know I can reach a little further and grab it when it comes around again...next time.

But, You say, over there is the best way. Over there is Your way. Over there, You can help me. Do You mean, I have to give up my spot, over here? Move away from where I've always been? Do You mean I have to trust something or Someone outside of myself?

I feel weak - even sick. My legs are shaking underneath me. I can't believe I'm doing this. I'm actually moving. I'm taking a chance that Someone else might be right!

What's that you say? It's coming around again? Already? It's too soon. It never shows itself this quickly. Oh, yeah - I moved. That could make a difference, I suppose.

What? Grab Your Hand and You will hold me while I reach out? Hmm. I never thought of that. I guess it's worth a try.

You were right, here it comes! It's almost here. I think I can...

I...


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diana kay01/13/11
i love it :-) but i am still puzzled but what the MC is (as it is written in first person) and what he/she/it is trying to catch :-) maybe the mystery is part of the charm, it can be whatever you imagine. I was thinking of a lizard sitting there waiting for a fly to come by and darting out its tongue to catch it .........
no dnt tell me what it really was i rather like my dream :-)
Nanci Rubin01/13/11
I like the analogy of your MC moving beyond her comfort zone and trusting someone else to assist her to accomplish what she desired. We, too, have to move our faith and set it in motion, getting out of our comfort zone and trusting God. Good job.
Mildred Sheldon01/17/11
I loved this story. Moving out of our comfort zone and taking a chance is not as easy as it sounds. I enjoyed this very much. Thank you for sharing.
Nancy Sullivan 01/29/11
Congratulations on your 2nd place. How often we stay in our favorite place waiting for our deepest desires to fall into our laps. Great job.