WQWWC #35 Exciting

Marsha is the host of WQWWC

The topic for Writer’s Quotes Wednesday’s Writer’s Challenge this week is ; Exciting

Excitement can be a momentary thrill, a favorite memory, or an obsession. You might be a very calm person and people who don’t know you well don’t think you get excited, but you know inside of yourself what does it. Most likely it is a combination of events that excite you and give you the excitement of living.

Maybe it is seeing your children succeed at their most recent endeavor – smiling, walking, first word, riding their bike, first day at school, first date, first day of work, marriage, first grandchild. Couple those things with what’s happening with yourself – an ongoing project – building something or helping someone, a new relationship, your work, a future trip, learning a new skill, a move large or small,

It could be that every little thing excites you. 

  • having friends over,
  • cooking breakfast, 
  • going for a walk, 
  • reading a book, 
  • seeing the growth of your garden, 
  • meeting people at the store, 
  • finding a new accessory for your living room, 
  • discovering a bunny in your yard, 
  • sharing cookies with your neighbor, 
  • playing with your pets, 
  • learning a new word, 
  • video recording your life and sharing it on Facebook.

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Life without excitement becomes a boring, drudgery. we do need to keep the excitement alive to enjoy our life.

If we live our lives looking for the excitement and exhilaration that change can bring, we will be much happier than when we are eventually forced to accept it anyways.

Daniel Willey

As many people have often told us that life is all about perspective. If we seek new things to brighten our lives and get excited about them, believe me, you will enjoy them way more than if we had to reluctantly embrace them.

I had a distant relative who was quite old. She once told her daughter that though she had lived a long happy life, but she wasn’t ready to die just yet. Her daughter asked her in jest, what exactly was it that she was waiting for. She said that world had changed in so many way in her life and she wants to see what new inventions mankind would be making in coming years. This is the attitude that keeps us excited at every age.

The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning you’re not old.

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

We don’t need to go looking for the fountain of youth. It’s right here in our mind and heart. Just keep the desire to learn and the spirit to get excited about each new discovery, and you’ll be forever young.

No one know what tomorrow will bring. We can either be fearful of it or excited about it. Every morning, I get up with this excitement that something new, something good will happen today. This makes me start my day with a smile and a lift in my heart.

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I count my numerous blessings

Family, children, grandchildren all

These are flowers in the garden of my life

Their sweet perfume making my existence fragrant

Wondrous bounties that adorn my grateful heart

I rejoice in this exciting state of being

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Fandango Provocative Question # 128 – Opposites or similar

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

This past week I heard someone say, “opposites attract.” A few days later I heard someone else say, “birds of a feather flock together.” These two statements seem contradictory to me. I thought about my wife and me and realized that, while she can be high strung and emotional, I’m more laid back and easy going. But aside from that, we have much in common, almost like two peas in a pod.

So I wondered if people with opposite personalities, beliefs, and physical traits are actually drawn together like opposite poles of a magnet. Or are similarities in age, intelligence, religion, and education level the keys to lasting, healthy relationships?

So my provocative question this week is…

Do you feel that people are more attracted to one another by their differences or by their commonalities? And why do you feel that way?

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I think what brings people together are the common traits in their personalities. Be they, friends or romantic partners. If they have a similar approaches towards important issues of life, they are more likely to be attracted to each other.

However, a bit of contrast is what balances the relationship. Like one partner is practical and the other is a dreamer or if one is a planner and the other is impulsive, they are yin and yang and provide stability to their relationship.

This is especially important in how they react to situations. If both are hot heads, the relationship is likely to disintegrate soon. But if one is calmer and cool-headed, it is more likely to last.

In short, we come together because we find similar traits in each other and stay together because we also have opposing views which make the relationship work!

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Truthful Tuesday- Odd pleasures

Frank of PC guyIV asks a question on Tuesday, which we have to answer truthfully.

Truthful Tuesday

The Question

What’s something that you thoroughly enjoy doing that others might find a bit odd? What makes it so enjoyable?

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I thoroughly enjoy blogging which my family and real-life friends find odd. They are always asking why I’m always stuck to my phone, using the tiny touchpad to type out my blog posts. There are some people who even ask “what is a blog?”

Though there are over 600 million blogs in the world today, not everyone has heard of blogging, let alone read a single post!

At the same time, I am very grateful to my blogging family who not only read my posts but also like and comment on them.

Thanks you so much!

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Blogging Insights – New format # 2

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

Blogging Insights — New Format # 2

secret of writing
Analyse this:

Here is the secret of writing : there is no secret. — Ralph Fletcher

Image credit Google

What do you think?

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I do agree with this saying as far as just writing is concerned. However, good writing requires something more!

I think a good writer needs to have a vivid imagination, a talent for cohesive plot plan and an ability to write clearly.

These are neither simple nor common gifts. That’s why we all can write but few have that special spark that makes them a acclaimed writer.

We all can, however improve our writing by learning the proper art of writing, improving our grammar and writing as much as we can. The more we write, the better it gets. As they say, a genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration! So we all can get better with applying ourselves to writing.

These are my thoughts in writing. What are yours?

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Share Your World – July 26, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW

QUESTIONS;

Do you believe in second chances?

I do. At first mistake or mixup, I give the benefit of the doubt. But when things go the same way, it is time to change tactics. I love this saying, “ Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” so if we let others play us for a fool more than once, it’s our fault. So no third chance!

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Oh, my glass is always half full, much to the irritation of my family and friends ( sometimes). As they say, I’m an incurable optimist, and even when things go wobbly for a while, I still manage to see the bright side of things.

Would you rather someone be honest and hurt your feelings or lie to protect them?

Now this is a thought provoking question! I don’t demand 100% honesty when I want reassurance. When it is a matter of relationships, I do want people to be totally honest because we cannot build relationships on lies. But when I ask how I’m looking in my new dress/ haircut etc, a little fibbing is expected.

When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?

That hasn’t happened lately so I have to dig deep in the past. The one incident that comes to my mind was when we were traveling by Jeep on a narrow hilly road. There was a drop on my side of the road which was probably many hundreds of meters down. The road itself was one and a half lanes and we were petrified. That was I think my biggest adrenaline rush. And I don’t want to do it again!

GRATITUDE SECTIONWhat are you grateful for?

Last Wednesday was Eid and we had a wonderful family get-together. The Eid day went so well and we also met a few cousins as well. I also had a great visit from my blogging friend, Dr. Tanya.

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Fandango Provocative Question – Privacy and hacking

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

My provocative question this week stems from some disturbing articles I’ve been reading about spyware called Pegasus, which was developed by an Israeli cyberarms firm. Pegasus is spyware that can be covertly installed on mobile phones and tablets running most versions of iOS and Android. It exploits vulnerabilities on those operating systems.

According to the Washington Post and other prominent media sources, Pegasus not only enables the keystroke monitoring of all communications from a phone (texts, emails, web searches), but it also enables phone call and location tracking, as well as the ability hijack both the mobile phone’s microphone and camera, thus turning it into a constant surveillance device.

In short, Pegasus in a highly invasive tool, and can spy on almost any device and any social media networks and messaging apps. So far, it has been used by some, shall we say, unscrupulous governments to monitor smartphones belonging primarily to journalists, activists, business executives, lawyers, government officials, and perceived “enemies of the state.”

Knowing that spyware like Pegasus is out there, and that it can be used to hijack your smartphone, record your keystrokes, your voice communications, and your camera without any actions or knowledge on your part, my proactive question is…

How vulnerable do you feel about potential hacks or intrusions while using your smartphone? And if you do feel vulnerable, what steps, if any, are you taking to protect yourself and your data?

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This is a very disturbing and scary idea. That someone out there can hack into my phone, laptop, or social media account and monitor my activity. That they can hack into my private files and steal my information is even more scary!

My only solace is that I am not that important, interesting, or wealthy to warrant that kind of attention. There have been attempts from hackers to gain my passwords by pretending to call from my bank but since the bank keeps on warning us not to give any information on phone or email, I was saved from doing that. We are also told that the bank never calls or emails us to ask for sensitive information.

I take other steps to make sure that my phone cannot be used by unauthorized persons. And I keep away from questionable websites. But having said that, one never knows when a virus, firmware, or spyware can sneak into our devices.

And in that eventuality, I don’t think that I can do anything to protect my data. So as I said, I console myself by telling myself that no one is interested in me or my data and won’t attempt to hijack it.

Perhaps a hollow consolation?

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Ruffin it!

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This week the Wednesday Challenge from partner Susan and myself is RUFFIN IT

When was the last time that you and your family left the city life behind and headed for the great outdoors and looked forward to a family adventure complete with campfires, marshmallow roasts and fun under the stars?

This week Susan and I encourage you to share your own experiences with life in the great outdoors.

As always our challenge is flexible,  feel free to do it your way. Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.

Please tag #Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge

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Can you believe it when I tell you that we never went camping, ever!

It’s not a commonly done thing in our culture. Some people do go camping but these are mostly trekkers and mountaineers. Camping for just the fun for it is not common at all.

My experience of ruffin it was when I went to study in med school in another city. We were given residence in girls hostel. This was the first time I was away from my family and on my own. Lucky for me, a very close friend of mine was also attending the same school.

We traveled together to our destination and at first glance the hostel looked great. We were given accommodations in a two room apartment, each room having four girls sharing.

As I said that it was the first time I was away from home and adjusting to life in another city was a challenge. The apartment we had was on the third floor. It didn’t have any cooling, just one ceiling fan per room. And it was the hottest month of the year, June. We weren’t used to the heat so we tried making our bedsheets wet with water and sleeping on them. In the morning we got up with body aches and pains.

The food was not good either. The only good thing was hot roti fresh from the tandoor. The rest was barely edible. You can say that it was trial by fire. But during my stay in this hostel, I learned a lot of life lessons. I also made long-lasting friendships which are still strong even today.

It was an experience that I might not have had if I knew how difficult it would be in the beginning. But I am so thankful that I did go through it. It taught me to be adaptable and to be easily pleased with my lot.

So I guess, living in a rough environment is good for gaining experience and learning useful life skills.

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Rory Asks; Do you remember?

Another interesting series of questions from Rory;

Do you remember your early days?

Like for instance, when you first got an internet connection? Dial up as opposed to broadband?

When was your first time with a blog, or a forum or even a game online?

Do you remember YOUR first times?

What mistakes did you make the first time ever that you … you can fill in the rest yourself. But this is about your early days as a writer online, or a gamer online – when was your first ever blog or forum?

What mistakes did you make back in the early days?

Do you remember YOUR first times?

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When I read these questions, I couldn’t recall the when and how’s!

I think these dates are more or less accurate by my reckoning!

We got our first dial-up connection some 25 years ago. It was a strange and exhilarating time. It took some time to realize what a big change it was going to be. The first thing we got was the email. Then we progressed to online browsing, games, and of course, Google.

As for my first blog post, it was written on September 6, 2018. It was not bad. I guess for something that was unplanned, it went quite well. I started on an impulse and posted sporadically those days. I made many errors with my grammar and spelling. A few kind souls pointed out my mistakes in a friendly manner and I realized how important it was to check both the spelling and grammar before posting. I also gradually acquired the know-how of formatting my posts and installed Grammarly to check on the mistakes before they are posted.

In regards to online gaming, my mistake was that I got too engrossed in it. I’d lose track of time when I played on my computer. It resulted in generating a lot of resentment in my three kids, who were school-going at the time. I realized that I have a tendency towards addictive behavior and have cut down on my games drastically.

As for mistakes in general, I’ve made too many mistakes. So many that I don’t remember even one tenth of them. I can say that I’ve learned from my mistakes, but that won’t be true.

The truth is that I still make many mistakes but that’s how we all grow, by doing things the wrong was first and then eventually doing them the right way.

Thank you Rory! These were interesting questions that made me look back on my relationship with technology.

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