Exercise the Imagination: explore a single “what if” question.
What if I was that snapping turtle perched on that rock?
Sitting here. Warmed by a rare visit from the sun. Savoring the solid coolness underneath. I lazily peer out at the quiet pond. The liquid sheet of greens and grays masks a teeming banquet. If it is my wont, I could glance up at the blue sky. I relish the hint of humid air. I ignore the two shifting shadows that stop momentarily and float by. Should I crawl forward and seek food? Just a few steps, then a glide. I can wait, though. I am patient.
I would embrace my stillness if I was that snapping turtle perched on that rock.
Instead, I stop for a few seconds and peer at the snapping turtle. I quicken my pace knowing the bell will ring any minute and I must return to the frenzy of afternoon classes.