Liminal . . . Prompt #667

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  Viktor Frankl

Prompt: Write about the space between stimulus and response.

Write about a time you recognized it – or you didn’t – and how that impacted your life.

OR:  Explore the word or the concept of liminal:

Liminal specifically means relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced.

Liminal: Related to or situated at a sensory threshold; barely perceptible or capable of eliciting a response, things that exist at the threshold (or border) between one thing and another.

Examples of liminal:

The liminal stage is the middle stage, the in-between period during which a person has not yet fully reached their new status in whatever rite of passage they are going through.

~ Being “the new kid” at school before being fully incorporated into a new group of friends.

~ After graduation, before being fully established in a workplace.

~ After retirement . . .

To be in a liminal space means to be on the precipice of something new but not quite there yet. You can be in a liminal space physically, emotionally, or metaphorically.

A liminal state of mind

A period of transition where normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed — a situation which can lead to new perspectives.

Prompt: Write about a liminal space.

Burgeoning” by Su Shafer shows a unique spin using this prompt.

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