What next?

Will it work?
Marla wondered

She had put so much effort into the presentation and hoped that she would get the job.

She wondered why she felt so gloomy and shouldn’t she be happy that she had done all the hard work and now the ball is out of her court.

She decided to call her friend Sheron and go out for a meal and chat.

There is just that much planning one can do. Now it’s time to relax.

She dialed Sheron’s number.

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The photo below is from Natalya Vaitkevich @ Pexels.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a woman in what might be a gallery or an artist’s studio staring forlornly out of a window.

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Fortitude and resilience in the light of quotes

Marsha is the host of WQWWC

One of the biggest assets humans have been blessed with is adaptability. If things get tough, the resilient nature of humans makes them adapt to the circumstances, bit by bit.

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
― Angela Duckworth

We do start with a lot of enthusiasm but people stop trying when faced with difficulties. We need to endure to succeed.

I love Khalil Gibran and his wisdom. This is such a meaningful statement about how pain and hardship strengthen our souls and give us the courage to go forward in life.

Someone who hasn’t faced failure, cannot succeed. By failing and falling, we learn how to do things right.

One very important thing to remember is not to grow bitter after failure but to be better. If we don’t learn this important distinction, we won’t learn anything at all.

#WQWWC #45: Fortitude or Resilience

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Short story in a minute

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Tony took one look at the door mat and burst out laughing. “Wow, Cynthia this is just perfect. My boss will get the not too subtle message the moment he knocks on our door!” “This is just marvelous!”

Cynthia smiled broadly and winked at Tony. “Yes before you tell him you’re resigning, let’s give him a good dinner

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Self-Discovery

I recently made a self-discovery that made many things clear to me.

Why do we tell things, our personal experiences to others?

And sometimes we tell them to some people and not others?

I suddenly had an epiphany that what we are usually looking for are sympathy and understanding. When we tell a friend or family member about our troubles or aches and pains we want some sympathy from our confidant. Our aim in sharing is not that we expect the other person to lessen our troubles but that they will understand and will show us some sympathy.

But not everyone is going to be sympathetic, so learning from our previous experiences, we tell our troubles only to those who we feel will show us sympathy. It’s not that others aren’t interested in us, the most common issue is that people have enough troubles of their own and due to this they have less time and sympathy to spare.

So when you have the urge to un-burden yourself, choose someone who is;

Free

Has no immediate problems of their own

Loves you and can give good advice

Please remember that if that person qualifies for the last two points but isn’t free, DON’T go to them for sympathy.

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A prompt by Sue W and GC; Weekly prompts Weekend Challenge – Discovery

Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” ~ Erol Ozan

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Sharing my scary world!

Melanie asks 4-5 questions every week. This week it’s Halloween special!


QUESTIONS;

Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building (yeah it’s a retread. But there are new participants to SYW too who probably never answered it)

I wouldn’t want to run into that friend whom I just unfriended on face book. Why? You may wonder; it’s because she talks too much and most of it, or maybe all of it, is about her!

Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

What do we really know? Maybe there are multiple dimensions or worlds. I know that this idea makes stories and movies much more interesting. Also it gives the writers and directors of the said movies to bring people back from the dead!

Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

Not if I can help it. There is lot of superstition attached to going to a graveyard after dark in our culture as well. My reason for going in broad daylight is that I’m less likely to trip and fall if I can see where I am going!

What is the most frightening book you’ve ever read?

I don’t read frightening books anymore. I think any book which has the main protagonists in danger or in cliffhanger suspense is not a comfortable read.

BONUS QUESTION (just for silliness’ sake!)

If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), which would you pick out of the five choices?

I’d love a jet black cat with bright green eyes. They are so cute. In fact there is a stray tiny kitten like that where we are living right now. It’s very shy of humans.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)
What are you grateful for?

I am glad the the weather cooled down considerably after the rain on the weekend. It means that Dengue mosquito will die because the temperature has dipped below 28*C, which is the optimal temperature for these mosquitoes to survive and multiply. We are having a resurgence of Dengue fever since the Covid cases are going down.

Thanks Melanie for these fun questions.

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Reblog; Enjoy Chris Hall’s wonderful poem in response to WDYS # 105! Enigma — luna’s on line

The image shows a dog dressed in a woollen sweater and wearing round wire-rimmed glasses, staring seriously at the camera What lies inside your little world? What secrets hide within?Eyes disguised, emotions veiled,concealed behind a mask. Wide-eyed, yet poker-faced,your visage a strange conundrumreposed, composed and tranquilin silent contemplation. Cloaked in mystery, unperturbed,let me plumb your […]

Enigma — luna’s on line

Wisdom of my heart

Reblog; First in this week in response to WDYS # 105; Enjoy this lovely poem by Reena.

Reena Saxena

wrapped in comfort
of your magnanimity
I try to see 
Your world
with human lenses
and yet find…

wisdom of heart
unmatched
nobility of my soul
unprecedented
gift of my presence
unappreciated

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What do you see # 105 – October 25, 2021

Welcome back to another WDYS prompt

Rules;

  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • Paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

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Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit; Charles Deluvio @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a dog dressed in a woolen sweater and wearing round wire-rimmed glasses, staring seriously at the camera.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.


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WDYS # 104 – Roundup

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Swirling eddies of water

Mist rising dreamily to the surface

Tranquility reigns supreme

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Thank you everyone for joining in this week. Please click on the links to read the beautiful responses by these contributors.

Chris Hall; Whispers in the mist

Diana; What do you see # 104

Mason; Serenity’s stream

Michnavs; ‘Twas like that

Reena; Indifference

Maria; In a dream ( you with me)

Elizabeth; A Dream

Di; The enchanted pool

Radhika; Tanka- Birth of divinity

Melanie; Watery town

Sidney Aspenn Writes; Forest awakening

Susi; Engaging

Eugenia; Paradise

Inkdrop ; In hiding

Jules; Shifting the shadows of the day

E M Sees; Tranquility

Suzette; Quote + Haiku WDYS

Jane; Scenic view

Nope, not Pam; What do you see # 104

Fandango; Buried in the mist

Punam; In remembrance

Jeff; All things beautifully configured

Anisha; Misty stream

Irma; Watersource

I really appreciate everyone who visited, read, commented and shared these posts. Thanks!

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

Thanks again.

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Questions and Answers

Asking questions is important, but so is to listen to the answers. We often ask questions but ignore when they are answered. In our righteousness, we angrily demand answers to the various issues that plague our lives but we don’t give people enough space to explain their point of view. We make snap judgments and presume what the other side of the argument is, without listening to it!

A fair exchange of views is always important to maintain an atmosphere of friendliness in society.

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