Dungeon Prompts: Purpose and the Art of Holding Back

This week’s prompt is:   Purpose and the Art of Holding Back 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.”

–Mark Twain

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

–Christopher Columbus

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing”.


Many of us search for a purpose, mission, or long to live out some particular dream but never venture outside of the box where we feel the most comfortable.  What are the reasons for this?  Safety? Security? Fear? Rationalism? Are you living your life to your fullest?  Is there something missing that you are holding yourself back from going after?

Suggested Prompts:

*What is it that you would most like to do with your life?  Are you doing that now?  What is keeping you from achieving your goals?  Do you have an unrealistic idea of success?  Does living a full life have anything to do with being successful?  Tell us about your dreams, and why you are or are not going after them.

*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that talks about your life’s purpose and what is keeping you from living it. 

*Any inspired offering that somehow relates to the dreams you are keeping yourself from.

Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

1.            Tag your post with: “DungeonPrompts”

2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**


*note: If the pingback doesn’t work, then please leave the link to your post in the comment section.

**If you don’t have a blog please feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.


This Week’s Contributors are:

Dreams Deferred – Dream Cloud Diaries

Visionless Expression – The Seeker’s Dungeon

Broken Dreams? – Tale of Two Tomatoes

Le `tit vieux du Manoir Merveilleux – Cher Shares

Mark Twain’s Challenge – Weaver Grace

In her Purpose She Found her SELF – Traces of the Soul

End of Service – MarthaOstout

Without a Purpose – Finale to an Entrance

I am Trying – It’s a Lonely Place

Dreamweaver, Purpose Seeker – Dana Constance Thomas


Please, also check out last week’s offerings on Community

Can You See My Fingers Bleed – Shadows of the Divine

Community – TJ Therien

What is it to you? – MarthaOstout

The Human Touch – Dream Cloud Diaries

Alone Among Millions – Traces of the Soul

I Don’t Fit In – It’s a Lonely Place

The Unlovables – Marsnplato

Sleepless in Kerala – The Seeker’s Dungeon

Prompt: Community – Contemplating Me.in

A Community of Me – A Thing of Grace

Men’s Community – Contemplating Me.in

About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


    1. I didn’t yet as was looking at it in the hospital reception (naughty girl that I am) and didn’t think they would appreciate the noise. 🙂 it’s on my list after baking my sons 8th birthday cake hehe x

  1. This prompt reminds me of an experience that I had sometime in 1986 or 1987. A friend of mine attended a month long intensive led by Virginia Satir, an internationally known family therapist. It was an opportunity for people to do their personal therapy with her, for a whole month! I was so jealous and looked forward to the day when I could go. I told myself I couldn’t do it then because I was too busy raising my children, working, getting ready to start my own psychotherapy practice, etc. But I would do it “later”. Well later never came because she died in 1988. That experience made an indelible mark on my life. When I met Amma in 1989 I embraced the experience fully. Six weeks after I met her I attended her retreat in New Hampshire, and six months after that I made my first trip to India. No more waiting!

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