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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Exercise, fresh air and blogging

Lucky me and you! We had means to interact with each other while the rest of the world was under lockdown in March, 2020

I wrote this post in March 2020, just when the whole of the world was going into lockdowns for the first time.

In today’s mad mad world, we are lucky to have one thing that is not affected by the threat of illness. Our blogging!

This thought struck me while planning out my day. Going shopping is out. Socializing is out. And most of the things we do together are out for the time being. But we are lucky that blogging is a solitary occupation. We can blog and be in touch with our friends all over the world. No chances of getting ill or catching a virus, unless it’s of the cyber variety.

Sitting by ourselves, we can roam the world, catch up with our friends and their news and never feel lonely or isolated. We get all the mental stimulation and exciting while never even getting up from out comfy chair. Can you imagine anyone else being this lucky!

So this is what I am doing these days. Nice solitary walks around the neighborhood and getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. And at home, blogging and reading. Took these pictures while on a walk with my grandson today.

Keep well and keep safe. As they say;

Keep calm and blog!

Written for JusJoJan- Exercise, Prompted by Wendy, hosted by Linda

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Fearing the AI, and other questions from Rory

This Saturday, Rory has these questions for us;

Should we fear the arrival of more progressive AI [Artificial Intelligence] or embrace it?

I think there is only one fear regarding AI; people may altogether forget how to write, and think for themselves. Those who already rely to much upon technology may just abandon the pretense to trying to do things on their own.

As for embracing this technology, most people use their smartphones and by doing so have embraced this already. My only concern would be that we should use our brains to think and act independently of the herd thinking that has taken hold of many societies.

How much time do you spend sitting each day?

A lot of time. Perhaps 30-40 minutes every hour. I’ve started to walk after each meal for 20-30 minutes, walking a total of 3.5-4 miles a day. I am hoping that this will help me achieve the level of fitness that I had at beginning of 2020.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
[Having Children not included]

Aww, you have denied me my greatest achievement! Well, I think my greatest achievement ( other than raising three great human beings) is being a good homemaker, and surviving all that life has thrown my way. And I also consider my blog one of my mentionable achievements!

Are/Were you the youngest, middle, oldest or only child?

I am number 2 in my family. I have one older brother and two younger ones.

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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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Coming home!

Re-Sharing this poem from December 2021, written in response to FFFC!

The photo is from Morguefile.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the image shows a young girl carrying a lantern through the snow and she is heading toward a log cabin at the edge of a forest.

Trudging through piled snow high

Obstacles life throws in my way


Coming home after gaining enlightenment


Carrying it like a beacon glowing

I come back to the welcoming lights

Home pulls me back to my roots

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In response to Weekly Prompts- Home, hosted by Sue W and GC

Also included; FFFC, hosted by Fandango

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SoCS & JuJoJan- Throw in the towel

I’m not one to easily throw in the towel

There’s a stubborn streak in me that stops me

From giving in, admitting defeat until I’ve given it my best

Be it a difficult life challenge or a simple DIY project

Or perhaps when I’m looking for something I’ve misplaced

It’s not that I’m very egocentric or arrogant

It’s just that I’m a tiny bit mule-headed often

And saying I can’t do it comes hard to me

So I’ll keep on it till I get the job done

Or realize that it IS really beyond me

Then I will throw in the towel, and sponge too!

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Your prompt for #JusJoJan the 28th and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “throw in the towel.” Use the phrase “throw in the towel” somewhere in your post. Enjoy!

Written for JusJoJan and SoCS, hosted by Linda

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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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A (un) pleasant surprise

There, amidst a clearing in the dark woods, stood a well-lighted building, supporting all the amenities of modern life. Anyone who came upon it accidentally was amazed not only at it well-kept condition but also at the fact that it ppl was not on any map or GPS!

It was a mystery. Who had put this in the middle of the woods and why was it there? Many hikers and passersby used the small cafe to get coffee, or bottled water, or perhaps bought a snack. The toilets were impeccably clean and functional. There were no employees in the cafe, just the vending machines which were kept fully stocked.

Many months passed and one day the serenity of the woods was disturbed when a full squadron of police vehicles surrounded the area.

The locals were shocked to learn that this place was used for drug trafficking where those in the know could buy whichever drug they wanted by using the secret code.

The place was sealed. The hikers and locals still miss the clean toilets.

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Written for JusJoJan-Amenities, Prompted by Kim, hosted by Linda

Also included FSS # 81, hosted by Jim this week.

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