Keep your wits!

Don’t say it!

A snide remark may ease your frustration but it is going to create a crack in the friendship that you value. As an attestation to the love and regard you have for your friend, swallow that remark. Say something mild, non-abrasive and when you are in a different situation, you can gently correct the behavior which gave rise to irritation in you.

Friendship is an excursion in which you take a stranger and make them a part of your family. I feel that sometimes, friends are even closer than family because we can discuss things with them which we cannot do with our blood relatives.

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word Prompt;

Attest

FOWC;

Snide

RDP;

Excursion

Word of the day Challenge;

Friendship

#Keepitalive

#fowc

#rdp

Mystery blogger award #11

Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has once again gifted my blog with this award. Thank you so much Beckie. I truly appreciate this honor.

What is “The Mystery Blogger Award”

It is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

 OKOTO ENIGMA created this award. Here is a link;

https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

Here are the rules: 

-Put the award logo/image on your blog  

-List the rules 

-Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog  

-Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well 

-Answer the 5 questions you were asked  

-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself  

-You have to nominate 10 – 20 people  

-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog 

-Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question  

-Share a link to your best post(s)  

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Beckie’s 5 Questions For My Nominees:

1. What are your aspirations in life?

You know that as with all people, my goals and aspirations have changed a lot as I am going through different phases of life. Now that my kids have grown up and living their own lives, my aspirations are bit more personal. I want to do something good for others during the rest of my life. Maybe educated people about certain aspects of life. Or spread awareness about important issues of life. In short I want to be able to say that at the end of my life, “I spent a useful life”

2. If you had $5000, what charity would you donate it to?

I would donate it to ” Doctors Without Borders” they do great work all through the developing countries on very low salaries. I really admire the commitment it takes to choose this course of life.

3. What is your favorite kind of music to chill out to?

Anything that strikes my fancy. I am not fixated at any specific genre. It should be a good melody, interesting lyrics and not grating on my nerves. One sort of music which has never appealed to me is the heavy metal!

4. How would you rate your experience on WordPress?  1 being lowest, 10 being highest.

On the technical side I would say that it’s around 7-8. They have their issues but most of them can be solved if you get in touch with the happiness engineers. The community is absolutely wonderful. This side of WordPress is priceless. I have found friends here who feel like family.

5. Have you gained real friendships through blogging?

I definitely have. I made many friends who feel more like family to me.

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Kristian recently was gifted this award and has kindle asked me to answer his questions.

Questions from Kristian;

1. If you were offered £/$ 100,000 to sleep in a haunted house, would you? How would you cope?

I would be very willing to take the Challenge! As I don’t believe that there are ghosts and if there are, they can’t or won’t hurt us. I would take my ear-plugs and a good book to read. I will make an early night of it, and take something to make me sleep soundly. I would hope to wake up in the morning in one piece and of sound mind and body.

2. What was your favourite show as a kid?

The first one I remember was ” Popeye the sailor man”

Popeye and Olive Oyl

3. Do you have any weird habits?

Many! I like to do things in a specific order. If I can’t do that I get stressed out and that day is not good till I get back into my fixed routine. I like my own company. Not that I am a hermit but I don’t mind being on my own and spend time reading, blogging or playing games on my phone! I walk mostly inside the house. I don’t want to go out if it’s too cold or too hot, or if it is too late.

4. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life

What I am doing right now! I feel money is important for certain aspects of life but not for having a good life. At my age I would need to put aside some money for emergencies regarding my health. But other than that if I had too much money, I would probably be more worked up instead of enjoying it.

5. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

 I am really grateful that I have a optimistic personality. As they say Sunny! It is inbuilt in me to try to look at bright side of things and lift myself out of gloom and negativity.

In answering these questions, I have shared a lot of things about myself. So I don’t feel the need to do it again.

As for nominations, well I leave it open to any one who wants to answer any or all of the questions from Beckie and Kristian.

I would like to give a shoutout to these fellow bloggers;

Fandango

Rory

Tanya

Beckie

Li

Paula

Leigha

Punam

Sue Vincent

Kat Myrman

Kristian

Di

These are all great bloggers. And I have learned a lot from them. There are many others which have influenced me but if I mention them all, I won’t be able to finish this post.

If you guys have the time or inclination to answer the above questions, it would be great.

#keepitalive

#awardsandnominations

#mysterybloggeraward

3.2.1 Quote Me! Topic: Good Health

Once every ten days, l (Rory) will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and nominate 3 bloggers, who in turn will post 2 quotes on the topic and nominate 3 bloggers of their own.

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day
which today is GOOD HEALTH

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Thanks Di, as you know Good Health is one of my niché topics.

I love this quote as it is dealing with all things required for a good life. If we stop putting so much value on the material things and look for the secret to a good life in good healthy body, strong mind and a grateful heart, we will be closer to finding it.

Illness is the result of a weak defense system of our body. And it is no secret that a healthy body is the combined result of our efforts to achieve good health through proper diet, exercise and keeping a positive attitude. Our mind is stronger than our body and once we decide to look after our bodies and to beat disease, we can achieve this target.

A bonus Quote; We should recognize our duty to ourselves. Be kind to ourselves too and take care of our physical and emotional needs.

I am tagging;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Li of Tao-Talk

Mel of Crushed Caramel

Thanks Rory for creating this Challenge.

#Keepitalive

#321quoteme

Tale Weaver – #237 – 22nd August – Weeds

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Don’t pull out all the weeds!

I agree that the garden needs to be neat and tidy

Beds of flowers, immaculate and maintained

The grass neatly mowed and free from…..

WEEDS!

But weeds are not all bad

Weeds provide anchor to the soil

They prevent erosion by water and wind

They are a source of green compostable material

They can be used as food for cattle

Some weeds have medicinal properties

Some can prevent harmful insects and worms from attacking the plants

Some are even as pretty as the expensive flowers we buy

And most importantly, the presence of a weed in our garden makes us appreciate the flowers more. Just like presence of problems make us appreciate the beauty and ease we have in life. The contrast is there to highlight the beauty.

The Prompt;

You find them everywhere. Weeds.

This week consider the notion of weeds as your topic to write about.

What does it mean to you? The unwanted plants that grow in your garden? The irritating people in your life? Something others consider a pest but you think otherwise.

Go where the prompt leads you. Have fun. I imagine there might be a variety of responses to this one.

Please link your response using the linking tool below.

In response to;

Tale Weaver – Weeds # 237

#keepitalive

#taleweaver

Stream of Consciousness Saturday August 24 2019

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “preposition” Start your post with any preposition. Bonus points if you end with one too. Enjoy!

SoCS badge by Pamela, at https://achronicalofhope.com/

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Over the top

Definitely too much

The words are aggressive

The tone is full of venom

These public speeches

Ridiculing others became

You don’t like their color

Or the language they speak

Hate mongering and creating divisions

This behavior is not of a leader

It belongs in a juvenile camp

Tell us why shouldn’t we send you over?

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#Keepitalive

#socs

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #101

Artist – Anastasia Elias

Image Credit: Anastasia Elias

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Where is my teddy?

Midnight and the sound of baby crying

Mom turns on the light trying to open her eyes, glued together by sleep.

Daddy is sleeping peacefully, not a stir from that side of the bed.

She goes to her room and is greeted by hiccups and heartbreaking sobs.

What is it my darling, why so many tears, mommy has tears in her voice too.

Where is my teddy? she sobs out.

A smile flits across moms face.

She bends down and picks up the teddy bear from the floor near the crib.

Here you go my darling. The teddy must have fallen while you were sleeping.

The baby settles down and mom returns to her bed, in an attempt to get few more moments of sleep.

In a little while the baby will need its morning feed.

How she loves her little darling, she thinks drifting to sleep.

If only babies could sleep the night through.

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The Prompt;

Moving on to this week, here’s an image prompt….

The interpretation lies in your imagination. For the device readers which can’t decipher an image, what I see here is a figure standing besides a lamp, and another one carrying a toy in a balcony. Both appear to be housed in a conical structure.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up here with a pingback, or copy-paste the blog link in Comments. Tag it Reena’s Exploration Challenge for easy access in the Blog Roll. Please don’t forget to credit the artist for the image.

I await your responses.

In response to;

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #101

#Keepitalive

#reenasexplorationchallange

Fandango’s Provocative Question #37

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

For this week’s provocative question, I am concerned about how partisan just about everybody appears to be. We seem to have reached the point where everyone behaves as if “you’re either with me or you’re against me,” and there is no middle ground.

Fandango’s question this week is simply this:

Is it possible anymore to disagree without being disagreeable?

My Answer;

We have unfortunately created a climate of intolerance and dissent. There is little tolerance for the point of view of others who don’t agree with us. Religion and politics are specially volatile issues and people are more than apt to burst into flames when they are confronted with opposing views.

If we meet friends who have different ideas than us, the wise thing to do is to avoid the topic of religion or politics. It is likely that the brunt of the debate falls on the friendship. I have experienced this with a friend of mine and it took weeks for her to cool down.

There used to be a time when we could discuss these topics in a friendly atmosphere. There used to be a tolerance to hear each other’s views and to debate on them rationally. Now maybe the sides are so much polarized and the views are so divergent that there is no middle ground. You are either on that side far away from the center or on this side.

People are so sure that their views are the right ones that they cannot be convinced. So why spoil the climate? Let’s coexist with our divergent ideas. Just don’t kill each other over them or their perceived evilness.

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(If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments)

In response to;

Fandango Provocative Question # 37

#Keepitalive

#fpq

In Other Words, waiting…

Image by misterfarmer from Pixabay

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Waiting is not easy, nor it is convenient

We want things to happen when we want

But the universe has its own rules in place

We are given things that we need not which we want

And the timings in just right, not a second late or early

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The Prompt;

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word waiting as inspiration
Link back to this post

In response to;

In other words- Waiting

A Prompt by; Patricia’s place

#keepitalive

#inotherwords

MLMM- Photo Challenge #277

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– Jovana Rikalo

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Here they lie

As alike as can be

All pink and white

Pretty dresses and hair

That is what the eyes will see

No farther than the surface they look

No one glances deep enough into the heart

Therein lie the dreams and hopes for their future

A future that will be bright without restrictions

Free to follow their ambitions and desires

In a world which treats all of them equally

No one less than the other

The Prompt;

Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.

Alternatively,

If you are an artist or photographer, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

You have 1 week to complete this challenge.

Please credit the artist!

When you’re done, TAG the post Photo Challenge and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, and add your link to the Link Button. Also don’t forget to link to this post or copy your post’s URL into the comments. We can read your post sooner that way.

In response to;

MLMM- Photo Challenge #227

#Keepitalive

#mlmm

One Liner Wednesday August 21-2019

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive

Dalai Lama

In a world that we live in today, we think that we are being gracious by being kind and loving. But if we are to survive, the whole of the human race, we do need to look at these qualities as the absolute musts for survival.

Be kind, it doesn’t cost anything.

In response to;

One Liner Wednesday August 21-2019

A Prompt by Linda G Hill

#Keepitalive

#1linerweds