Tale Weaver – #303 – Confusion – November 26th

Michael is the host of Tale Weaver

The prompt;

This week consider the notion of ‘confusion’.

What does it mean to you?

It’s not hard to be confused about any number of things.

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Confusion seems to be a constant in my life these days. A bit more to do than usual and I am confused. It could be a result of overthinking simple things or maybe because I feel overwhelmed.

I have learned a few tricks to calm the turbulence in my mind;

Break the task at hand into smaller tasks;

This makes things simple and easy to execute. It also has the beneficial effect of making the job at hand appear smaller.

Take a break and do something else for a while;

Again this method quietens the mind and eases the confusion by removing the stress of getting things done now and getting them done perfectly.

If the confusion is overwhelming, postpone the chore for another day;

This is usually my last choice but when the need arises, I have come to accept my limitations and put that task to do another day.

Confusion can be a result of overloading our minds with too much information. We can handle this if we give ourselves some breathing room.

What makes you confused?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Friday Flashback- Thursday Photo Prompt- Afar # WritePhoto

I am sharing this post from November 2019 as a part of Fandango Friday Flashback

Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt

Welcome to this week’s writephoto prompt.

For visually challenged writers, the image shows green fields leading to distant, snow-covered hills, lit with the pink-gold glow of sunset.

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It looks too far to be attainable, I think

A long trek through difficult terrain

Uneven ground to be covered, step hills to climb

The horizon looks inviting with a crimson glow

But I am not sure that I have the sustained will

To go all the way to reach the apex of the peak

Giving up even before I set on the journey is defeatist

I chide my failing resolution and negative thinking

Buckle up and look on the bright side I say to myself

Nothing is gained if one doesn’t try to put an effort

If the first step is not ventured, the chances of success are nil

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #97

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

Here’s this week’s provocative question:

Is it more important to you to be able to help yourself, help your family, help your friends, help your society, or help the world?

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I think whatever we may feel emotionally, the first priority is to help oneself. When I will be able to look after myself, I can then extend a helping hand to my family and friends. The term of helping here would mean helping physically, emotionally, and financially.

As far as helping society and the world around us, that takes priority over ourselves and our family. The reason is that we don’t have to extend help for physical or emotional support to the society but rather help in form of doing things consciously to improve the living condition of all humanity.

We can be environmentally careful, avoid discrimination, and be law-abiding without putting a strain on ourselves. And this I feel is a duty for all human beings, all over the world.

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Rory Asks; Predictable or spontaneous?

A new set of questions from Rory;

Are you naturally a predictable or a spontaneous person?

I think I am both. I am predictably spontaneous. I will do things on spur of the moment, as everyone who knows me can predict.

Has the arrival of the pandemic made you want to become more predictable or more spontaneous?

Pandemic hasn’t changed me much. I will do things my usual way and not worry about the consequences. I have however become more careful about mine and the health of others.

If you are wanting to become less predictable and more spontaneous or adventurerous what would you introduce to your life and environment to make that happen?

Now, this is a tough one. If I wanted to become more spontaneous or adventurous, I think I would take up activities that I don’t do now. Like traveling more, going for nature walks, and explore new authors.

What do you not do, but you really want to but have never had the opportunity to do so?

I think I’ve done most things that I wanted to do in my life. I’ve tried stuff that was challenging at least once. And at this stage of my life, I should do things I am comfortable with and not just because I see someone else doing them.

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5 Things for Tuesday- Happy Thanksgiving.

Tanya is the host of 5 things

I want to wish all my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving.

5 Reasons to be grateful for;

1. My family;

All my children are in the same city after five years. This is a special cause for gratitude for us all. All three of my grandkids are getting to know each other better and my three kids are renewing their relationship with each other.

2. Great friends;

I need to give thanks for my amazing friends. Both real-life and blogosphere friends are marvelous. They are my other family.

3. Health;

It’s a great blessing that we all are safe from the dreaded Covid-19. And I feel that wearing a mask while going out of the house has protected all of us from the common seasonal illnesses like cold and cough.

4. Peace of mind;

Thankfully, my mind is at peace, not only with the world around me but also with myself. I feel that acceptance is the reason for this state of mind. It is true that we cannot socialize with friends and have a lot of restrictions placed on our lifestyle choices, but if we accept them as a call of today’s circumstances and move away from complaining to accepting, we are easier in our mind.

I saw this meme on Jim’s page;

It’s a fun way to see 2020.

5.Changing weather;

I really love when seasons change and I get to rediscover my winter wardrobe once again. Shawls, capes, and sweaters all come back in my current wardrobe. Hot drinks and warm blankets make life cozy again.

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Share your World- November 23, 2020

Melanie is the host of SYWimg_mouseover3       Edition


Jim came up with some interesting questions for Share Your World this week.   6,432 Cornucopia Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStockQuestions

What is worse than a dentist with bad breath?

• A dentist with bad breath and no mask. They would be the worst type because they can make you sick.

Have you ever been rejected by someone that you liked, or been told that you were not good enough for somebody else?

• I will tell you something which you’d find very interesting about my culture. When I was young, it wasn’t the done thing for girls to have boyfriends. So there was no occasion when I would profess my liking to someone and they would reject me. We were only allowed to go out with our fiancé after the engagement. And even then only very progressive parents would allow that.

Our life partners were chosen for us by our parents and so the onus of accepting and rejecting proposals was on them.

Did you ever want to have toast for breakfast, only to find that all your bread was covered in green mold?

• Yup, many times. But now I keep my bread in the fridge and it may go stale but seldom moldy.

Did you ever sneeze so hard that your whole body hurt?

• Many times. I used to pinch my nose when sneezing and that used to pop my ears. Then my grandma told me the I could puncture my eardrums by doing that.

Did you ever buy clothing on the internet that did not fit, but you wore them anyway, since you didn’t want to pay the $5 shipping charge to send them back?

• I bought jeans from Levi’s and they were too big ( surprise) and I returned them without checking the return conditions. They deducted $ 7 for shipping. After that, I never ordered from them directly.

As a nod to the upcoming American Thanksgiving Holiday which happens this Thursday, please share in the Gratitude Section anything you might be thankful for this particular November.   I know it’s tough (for some) to find anything to be grateful for, but there are always things if one cares to look for them.   Have a joyous week!   MBCgivethanksgobbletilwobble

• Though I am not an American, I still am grateful for a lot of things this November. I had a wonderful birthday this week with all my kids and grandkids around me. This was very special.

• Donald Trump lost the elections and I think people all over the world are thankful for that.

• The weather here is wonderful. Slightly cooler and cozy enough for us to enjoy sitting near a heater and enjoying coffee ( decaf)

Thank you Melanie and Jim for this opportunity to share our world.

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59 and counting

I am 59 today!

Am I older and wiser than I was yesterday?

Or maybe I will be next year on my sixtieth birthday, the big one?

I always feel excited on my birthday, though I am not a child anymore

I think that this excitement comes from the realization

That I am still alive, still able to enjoy my life

That whatever life throws at me, I will eventually cope

I am grateful to be able to live till I am no longer

I should make the best of my today and tomorrows

For I don’t know how many have been granted to me

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #96- Deep or wide?

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

The provocative question today is simply this…

Do you think it’s better to have a broad knowledge base or a deep knowledge base?

A person who has deep in-depth knowledge is a specialist. Beingspecialistaboutfield.

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We meet both types of people and we do need them both. A specialist is needed when the task at hand needs someone with deep knowledge and expertise. While a generalist is needed when there is a requirement to tackle more than one set of tasks.

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Knowledge should to be valued regardless of its breadth or depth. Both aspects are necessary for our survival.

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The Friday Four # 6

Rory is the host of Friday Four

The Friday Four
Once A Fortnight Question Game
Today some more brain tickling thought provokers!

Are you a perfectionist or can you take a step back and accept less than perfect?

I was one but now I’ve mended my ways. It wasn’t that I wanted things to be perfect for me, but I wanted things that I did to be perfect. Now I have realized that sadly I am an ordinary human and since I have no superpowers, my efforts will never be 100% perfect and that is fine.

• How often do you save online articles to your favourites list for reading ‘later’ and more importantly when do you then read them – as in when is your ‘later?’?

When I am rushed for time, I save posts on my reader to read later. But I do get to them in a day or two. If I can’t do that, I un save these posts because most would have become irrelevant by that time. There are certain posts with recipes, movie suggestions, and tv shows that remain saved till I have used that information in a useful manner.

When was the last time that you actively involved yourself in doing absolutely nothing for an hour and what did you do in that hour of nothing?

Just this evening, I sat on my lounger and did my coloring on the “Happy color” app. It was an hour or so. I also “do nothing” when I am playing my card games, solving puzzles, or just listening to music.

But if you’re asking, doing nothing as in nothing at all, that only happens when I sleep.

When was the last time that you were engaged in a difficult conversation and if you can ‘what was it and how did you do?’

What? Are you telepathic?

I just now had a difficult conversation with one family member. They were asking me to be more upfront with my emotions and feelings. And not keep things in my heart, where they fester and cause resentment. I was denying that I am not resentful, but they were insisting that since I am human, I must have some resentment!

The upshot was that we agreed to be more forthcoming about our feelings. (Haha)

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Tale Weaver – #302 – Beginnings – November 19th

Michael is the host of Tale Weaver

The prompt;

This week write about the word ‘beginnings’. Maybe it’s starting a new job, moving to a new town, a new relationship, an old relationship that you reviving.

Most people don’t like too much change but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and go with it.

Go where the prompt leads you and have fun.

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As I open my eyes for the first time each morning

I feel excited to begin a brand new day

A day where I have yet to make any mistakes

Or blunder blindly into something not my concern

A day where I can be as good and wise as I’d like

Or kind and helpful as I always want to be

A new beginning gifted with each new day

A gift to redo and start all over again!

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