Breaking free- In search of Perfection

Obsession for perfection

Leads you down the garden path

Wasting precious moments of our limited time

Spending mental facilities already strained

Why not break free from this self-created trap

Give up the desire to be perfect, be acceptable

Believe me your life will be much happier

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “perfection.’” Use it any way you like. Enjoy!

In response to Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday

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New year pledge?

This week Punam is the host of dVerse

She says;

So, for today’s poetics I thought we should all give another go to resolutions. I share five random pieces of advice. Weave any one of them in a poem in whichever way you want to. Use it as a springboard for your verse. It could be a resolution poem for yourself or maybe a family member or friend. If none of these advice inspires you, write a poem on your very own resolution.

2. When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something.

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Too much of something, even good can be a burden sometimes

When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something

Material possessions take too much space give some away as you add more

Wealth and abundance are always more when shared with those in need

If you have joy aplenty, don’t hoard it in your heart, spread it with smiles

Peace and contentment, the ultimate treasure will grow as you share them

This is my motto for this year and all the years I will live

Give and you shall receive more to delight your soul

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I’ve used the line in bold as the starting point of my poem and my resolution for this year. Very true that February is a better time to set goal for the new year.

  1. Your self-worth is not in your inbox.
  2. When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something

3. Immerse yourself completely in a happy moment and say aloud, “I am happy now”!

4. Parent the child you have and don’t try to turn them into what you want.

5. At the end of each day fold your clothes and put them away, no matter how tired you are.

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A long list of surgeries

This week Fandango asks;

Have you ever fractured a bone (or bones) that was serious enough to require inpatient hospitalization and a post-operative stay in a rehab facility? What bone(s) did you break? How long did it take in rehab (inpatient or at home) before you were back to “normal”? And did you actually achieve the same level of functionality you had prior to the fracture(s)?

I broke 3 bones in my right foot four years ago. Though it was very painful, it didn’t need hospitalization. The surgeon got the X- rays done, set the bones, and put my foot in a cast for 6 weeks. And despite my being 57, the bones healed well. I wrote about the injury here.

Other than this, I have had many bone/joint-related surgeries, resulting in hospitalization, starting from age 19 and the latest being at the age of 60.

The list is as follows;

Medial meniscus right knee at 19

Lateral meniscus right knee at 35

Total knee replacement- right at 50

Total knee replacement- Left at 54

Left foot bone fusion and arch rebuilding at 60

I needed physiotherapy after my knee replacement surgeries but it was done at home. It was arguably the most painful part of the recovery process but was the most helpful too. I used to dread the arrival of the therapist but was very grateful to him in the end.

For my knee replacements, it took around 3 months for me to be fully active. I wouldn’t say back to normal, because before the surgery, my normal was very painful, repeatedly swelling knees!

The foot surgery was the worst and most cumbersome of all the surgeries. It entailed my foot and leg being in a cast for 3 months, out of which for 6 weeks I couldn’t put my left foot on the floor so I had to hop around on my right foot/ leg. Even now I sometimes feel pain when I walk more than 4 miles a day.

My wisest decision was to get my knees replaced when I was young enough to recover completely. It helped me be more active, mobile and achieve the mobility that I lacked when I was suffering from severe joint deterioration because of an inherited condition.

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In response to FPQ # 199, hosted by Fandango

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WDYS # 170 -A Roundup post

How often we look to others with envy

Thinking that they have what you desire

The dreams of envy often dissolve as we wake up

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Great, varied entries again this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

David; In yourself, or in a better future

Carol; What do you see # 170

Destiny; Life beckons

Aishwarya; Another world

Reena; New portals

Maria; Portal

Tanvir; The grass is green on the other side

Lady Lee Manila; I’m going up the portal

Eugenia; Magical dreams

Dora; Winter escape

Diana; A different day

Susi; Tempted

Jim; Alternate dimension

Grace; Serenity lane

Tuba; Temporal world

Keith; Walkies

Di; Dare you?

Paula; The dream

Aboli; An escapist retreat

Mason; My wondrous dimension

Sangeetha; Time

Suzette; Contentment

Lady Sighs; Deep purple dreams

Jude; Evolving

Kittyverses; Misunderstood

Ken; Woodland time travel

Nichole; Ever searching for healthy grass

Jules; Flash fiction with shadorma

Michnavs; Cry; A poetic flash fiction

Kunjal; Life’s rush

Kittyverses; New world

Sandy; He who hesitates is found

Indira; Inquietude

Yinglan; The portal

Hammad; That open door

Nope, not Pam; Friday snippets

Jane; Identical fractures

Brenda; The portal awaits- What will Frank do?

Inkdrop; Portal

I am grateful to all those who have read, shared and commented on these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm, PKT.

Thanks for reading.

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Sunday Poser # 117

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

How do you pay any good done towards you, forward?

Paying any good, kind gesture performed towards you forward, makes the world we live in a better place. I firmly believe that any good done selflessly pays back in a positive way.

While driving, if someone stops for me to pass or turn, I return the favor by giving way to someone else. It’s the same In queues in grocery stores and other places.

Returning a smile is the simplest and easiest way to way to pay forward a good deed. Saying a cheery hello, opening the door for someone, and helping when someone spills something are really simple ways to help others. When I am helped by someone, I try to do the same. And the reverse is true too, if I help someone, the gesture is returned invariably to me.

Do you try to pay it forward, or back toward those who are kind to you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.

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Enveloped!

WQ #4: January 25: ENVELOPED/WRITER’S CHOICE/DOUBLE DIP CHALLENGES/WOTY

WEDNESDAY QUOTES Logo by Donna @ Retirement Reflections

The first quote ties up so well with the second one.

Life is a mystery

A shimmering halo

It surrounds us like an envelope

Guiding us towards fated paths

Yet remaining a mystery still

It reveals the present only

The future kept hidden from our eyes

A sacred enigma, shrouded

That we gradually unwrap

Opening the envelop

One layer at time

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Written in response to; WQ #4: Envelop or Envelope?, hosted by Marsha

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Hope- A story

January 23, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that is optimistic. Feel free to explore optimism in all its forms from a positive mindset to toxic positivity. Is it a heartfelt story or a devious one? So much wiggle room for the optimistic writer. Go where the prompt leads!

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Mom was always optimistic, perhaps too much positive at times. Her kids learned to ignore her most of the time, but there were instances when she got on their nerves.

When her eldest went through a bad divorce, mom tried to buck her up with positive things in the whole situation, it backfired.

Whenever the younger got into a power struggle with her in-laws’ mom tried to point out the positives about them; the daughter stopped discussing her issues.

When mom got seriously ill, they wanted to cheer her up, give her hope. But it wasn’t needed, she knew!

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Word count; 99

Written in response to 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills

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Without God?

It is a line prompt this week. Let’s see where it takes you.

You live in a world where no Gods exist”

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If I lived in a world where no God existed

It would be a world devoid of kindness and good

If I lived in a world where there wasn’t a Divine presence

I would feel like I am existing in a barren landscape

Without a benevolent God to whom I can pray

I would be lost in a sea of uncertainty and hopelessness

In fact there would be no world if there was no God

For nothing would exist without the Creator and His creations

Thankfully I bow my head in submission to God

Who created me, nurtured me and provided for me

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Written in response to; RXC Prompt #265, hosted by Reena

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Towards infinity

I can see very far

Millions of miles away in fact

The sun the moon and all the stars

Glitter, shine and twinkle an infinity away

My eyes, though not sharp catch their light

The smallest spec of brightness captured in the dark

Like this light, hope buoys my spirits from beyond

And infinite energy that courses the veins of the universe

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Written for; Moonwashed Musings Weekly Prompt – Infinite , hosted by Eugenia

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One Liner and JusJoJan- Take control

Life is like looking for your phone; most of the time, it’s in your hand”

Looking outward for life, and its purpose is futile, it is in your own self that you need to look. Take charge of both your goals and happiness and you’ll achieve both.

Written for JusJoJan- Prompted by, hosted by Linda

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