“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.