Saturday, October 13, 2012

Prompt #122 – What Drives You?

A week ago, I was parked in the local Lord & Taylor parking lot and came out of the store to find that someone had hit the passenger side of my car. The damage was mostly streaks of paint from the other car with some sizeable scrapes – nothing huge, but the person who did it didn’t leave a note – nothing. Needless to say, I was annoyed. A friend compounded most of the paint off my car, but the scrapes are deep and will need a substantial amount of touching up. A few days later, the same friend’s 1968 Mustang won best in show at a car show. Then, a day or two later I came across the quote, “It’s not what you drive, it’s what drives you” in a magazine article; and this morning, on my way to the hairdresser’s, the old Car’s song “Drive” came on the radio. Click Here to Listen to "Drive"

Seemed a whole lot of driving-related activity, and that thought nudged me to reflect upon what drives us, what things motivate people, and how those motivations impact our own and others’ lives.

“What drives you?” suggests purpose – your fundamental “reason why.” What’s your motivating force, your energy’s inspiration, the essential gear in your metaphorical wheel, the axle around which your life’s wheel turns? What gives your life purpose and meaning?

Are you driven
  • to do well at your job,
  • to succeed in personal matters,
  • to care for your family,
  • to be healthy,
  • to serve others,
  • to be accepted,
  • to be popular,
  • to be honest and reliable,
  • to live a simple life,
  • to acquire wealth and status,
  • to create art,
  • to find spiritual peace,
  • to advance your career,
  • to be a winner,
  • to receive financial reward for your efforts,
  • to continue learning and growing as a person,
  • to remain close to your faith?
This week, the challenge is to write a poem about a major driving force in your life. You might write about something that drives you now, or you might consider writing about a past motivation, where it lead you, what happened as a result, and how/if that driving force changed over time. I suggest that you keep the poem to a maximum of about 25 lines (less is fine); work on defining your “drive” and clarifying through example. Use a figure of speech or two, and as always, let your poem develop layers of meaning (don’t just tell a story, give the story more than its obvious meaning).



  1. What drives us - so profoundly psychological! I suspect that a lot of blog readers will give much thought to this week's prompt. I'd never heard the Cars song before -it's great! thanks, as always, Adele!

  2. Old music and old cars -- I'm inspired! This is another of the more thought-provoking prompts you've given us. Many thanks.

  3. Máire Ó Cathail (Ireland)October 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Wonderful, Adele! I've been traveling for work again and not able to tune in as much as I'd like, but it's always lovely to catch up. Thank you!

    Máire Ó Cathail (Ireland)

    1. Hello, Maire! It's always nice to hear from you. Hope your travels have been inspiring.

  4. Long Life
    copyright Risa Roberts 2012

    Be recognized as an artist or die trying
    I vowed to myself
    to my Dad
    Long life only matters

    Be recognized as an artist or die trying
    and hopelessness

    Be recognized as an artist or die trying
    realize the dream
    but ultimately
    only long life matters

    1. Thanks for sharing, Risa! That shift at the end says it all! Brava!

  5. Hi, Adele and fellow bloggers. I have taught the Adelenelle to my writing group here in Hollywood. What fun!

    1. Hi, Risa! What fun!

      How did the group members respond? If any care to share their poems here, they're most welcome to do so.

  6. Everyone wrote down the instructions and I will ask the next meeting.

    1. Please let us know what kind of poems evolved. It's truly great that you're using the blog ideas in your writing group!

  7. I've been listening to the Cars song—good stuff!

    Your prompts are always great and when I'm not in a writing mood, I really enjoy the example poems and other materials you provide.

    1. Glad you're enjoying the music and the prompts!

  8. Great prompt! Thanks for the link and a good listen to a great old song!