Something I learned from IMPROV—–join in!

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Not too long ago, I was at a company-wide outing where we learned what IMPROV was all about.  It was really an enjoyable time, passing imaginary objects to one another, learning the value of keeping things positive, the importance of really focusing on another person, and so much more.  One of the group exercises was in creating a story, where one person says a phrase and then the next person adds to the story with another phrase, and so on.  It was fascinating to see how the story progressed and the unexpected surprises along the way as different people added their creativity.

Well, for roughly the next month, I would like to do a social media -group project as an experiment.  I think it will be fun and am curious where it ends up.  I am going to start a story and I would like to ask you all, the readers of this post to add to the story.  Please keep your contribution to under 250 words.  After you contribute your piece (by clicking on this live link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaQQO5P7SK9a10i9PnT-rqD4Db14OeZNWAEVp_gA4NI/edit?usp=sharing ) please give someone else an opportunity to add in something, but then you are more than welcome to once again add in another piece of writing.  I think it will be fun and very interesting, so here goes:

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                                                                                                     Chapter 1
Slowly, ever so slowly the man’s eyelids began to open up. With increasing clarity, awareness of it being a new day came to his mind.

It was Friday morning, and the thought of having to endure just one more day at work brought the middle-aged man hope and energy.  Then, he would have the weekend to sort through all the craziness that was happening in his family with his wife, Rhonda, and twins, 17 year-olds, Andrew and Laura.
Patrick O’Brien was a good man, however recently he felt like his world was crashing in all around him. He wondered to himself, “how much longer could he carry the weight of all the pressures he was experiencing?”
After putting on his “casual-day” Friday clothes for work, he made his way down to the kitchen where his wife was cooking breakfast.
Rhonda was a beautiful, confident, and quiet woman, however, as soon as  Patrick saw her, he noticed that she had been crying.. With very deliberate steps, he moved closer to her, not quite sure how to convey his concern.
“honey, are you alright?  what’s going on?”, Patrick asked.
She looked back at Patrick, as her tears began again to flow, and said, “
Now, its your turn, Keep the story moving.   Please try to add your thoughts to this story (keeping your word count at 250 words or less). You can add to the story as many times as you want, but please let someone write their next contribution, then you can go ahead again and offer another contribution to the story.   The goal of this project is to see how consistent to details and flow,  a story can be produced with many different writers.  Have fun with this and contribute often.     We will keep this project going for only one month, before a new potential story is developed.
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