Window and Freeway

This week’s FMF writing prompt is: INFLUENCE

Not gonna lie. The prompt doesn’t speak or spark, for me, but the point of the exercise is to build discipline around the practice of writing, to some extent. So. Here I am. Rock me like a hurricane.

Influence. I influence others. I am influenced. The environment I’m in on a daily basis has an influence on my life.


There it is.

Living in Eugene, I can’t get away from the noise. I’m sitting my office in my apartment, and I can hear the road noise right through the wall. I’m in a residential area, and quite a ways from the freeway, and I can hear it at all hours. There’s no quiet.

I work in an office building where, for the first time in my entire career, I have access to a window. I work in the quiet, not having to listen to music someone else picked. I work with people who are competent and professional on the phones and when interacting with adopters and sponsors, and who are silly and fun when interacting with each other.

Reader, that environment has changed my life.

I went from abuse at home and abuse at work, to a peaceful home and a healing workplace. I won’t spell it out, but will just say that I’m learning to have peace in my heart, and to feel safe for the first time in a very long time.


  1. Misty Wagner

    And a valuable lesson it is! So glad you shared, lovely and honest perspective. (also… Now I have that song in my head… come on, come on, come on…)

    • Jae

      Thank you! I managed to get that song stuck in my own head. >.<

  2. Anita Ojeda

    I’m so happy for you! I-5 (and all busy freeways) is hard to get away from, isn’t it? We don’t realize their influence until we escape their noise.

  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    I so get this. With terminal cancer, and the end of my career, my life is bounded by our property (I can no longer tolerate a car journey), and by the care of our eighteen dogs (a stray is never turned away).

    I’ve found peace.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    • Jae

      Your response touched me, Andrew. The point of view you shared is a gift. Thank you.