WQWWC # 42 – Communication

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This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote.

WQWWC #42 Communication

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This is not only absolutely true but also so very essential. Without good communication, one can end up losing friends or even family members to misunderstandings.

Paying attention to the tone of the voice and how something is being said is also important if we want to really connect with other people. The word “Fine” is the perfect example. It can be either very good or pretty bad.

Yes, good communication is power indeed. It is the secret to the success of many people in public life. Politicians, actors, public office holders all need to have great communication skills.

This one I think is the most important of all. Never assume, but ask instead. Always keep the channels of communication open. Be willing to share your thoughts and views with others. Many times we presume that others know what we are feeling and feel hurt when they don’t. Always try to verbalize your thoughts and expectations so that there aren’t any misunderstandings.

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Marsha is taking a break of two weeks and that’s why I held off this post because the next Prompt will be posted after another week.

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Blogging Insights # 11 -Who do I write for?

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

Today’s quote is from celebrated author Margaret Atwood. 

writing quote margaret atwood - write for no one

“Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.” — Margaret Atwood

Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity? I would love to know. 

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Who do I write for?

When I started writing for my blog, it was just to see if I could write. I started by writing on health-related topics because I knew that field. It was only later that I ventured into poetry and short stories, inspired by daily and weekly prompts.

Now my point of view has changed. Now I feel that I write for my readers as well as myself. It IS like scrawling my name in a random place so that some passerby would read it, the same principle does apply here. We don’t know when we put out our writing and views on the vast platform of WordPress, and through that, the WWW, who might read it and who might benefit from it.

Whoever is the target audience, writing is an exercise in self-expression and also a form of catharsis. Sometimes, when we are worried or irritated by something in life, writing about it helps us to see the problem more clearly and we can also see our way out of it.

Many thanks to Tanya for keeping this conversation going.

What or who do you write for?

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Weekly Prompts – Beverages

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge Beverage from SueW & GC

Recently, My choice of beverage and thoughts of framing the image led to a discussion with my partner GC, unsurprisingly, this led to our weekend challenge. 

So, GC and I would like you to take a photograph of a beverage that you think deserves to be framed.

Is photography not your style? That’s okay; tell us about it instead.

Think about the setting of your photograph; will it be solitary, or do you visualise it at the centre of a busy scene?

Please interpret the challenge in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

Please tag #Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge

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Coffee: That’s my beverage of choice.

Winter or summer, I crave coffee as soon as I get up. And during the day as well. Unfortunately, my tendency towards insomnia prevents me from having regular coffee after noon and then I switch to decaf coffee.

Not my image

I love all sorts of coffee. Cappuccino, Latte, flavored lattes freshly brewed, you can tempt me with any sort and I’ll leap at the offer.

There’s something magical about smelling the coffee brewing first thing in the morning. It just lifts up the mood and I feel as if I can tackle any challenges thrown my way.

What is your favorite beverage?

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Tale Weaver 23.09.21 – Fear

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver

Hello everyone and welcome to this Tale Weaver,

So today I’d like you to share a story of fear. Because whether we like it or not, we all have them. They sometimes shape us as much as our successes and failures, our relationships or our education… So what place does fear have in your life? Is there one specific fear you have conquered? Or one you just can’t confront? I’ve tried numerous times to confront my terror of heights; but every time I lose.

In summary

  • Go where the prompt takes you and have fun!
  • Prose, poetry, fable… please share your stories in whatever style works for you.
  • Keep your stories/quests/tales below 1000 words
  • Post it on your blog and tag it MLMM, Tale Weaver, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie
  • Be sure to leave a pingback or a link so we (I) can read your contribution

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We fear what we don’t understand

Fear is the face of the unknown

It is all that we don’t understand

Apprehension of things that may come to pass

Experiences that we haven’t yet undergone

Once we face these uncertainties boldly

We can lay the specter of nameless fear to rest

“There’s nothing to fear but fear itself

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Camera

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”– Aaron Siskind

Wednesday Challenge – Camera from GC and SueW.

This week,  partner Susan and I invite you to write about the CAMERA/s you useTell us or show us. 

This week Susan and I challenge you to not only present your creative and artistic photo here but also tell us the type of camera used: cell phone, brownie, high tech or what have you. 

Feel free to interpret the challenge to suit you – Words, Pictures, Poetry, and Rhyme. 

Please tag Weekly Prompts

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I am not a very good photographer. My photos are often fuzzy because I move the camera/ phone too soon. And I am not very keen to take pictures either. That is unless it’s one of my grandchild! If one of them is around and behaving cutely, I’ll take a few pictures. But the chances of them coming out good are not high.

One thing that changed my desire to take pictures wherever we went was a chance comment that I read somewhere. It said that when we see a thing of wonder and beauty, instead of enjoying it, we start taking pictures, and then the moment is lost to us. After reading this, I felt it to be too true. So instead of taking pictures from a camera or phone, I take pictures with my eyes and store them in my brain. And as you might have guessed, I don’t remember all the glorious sights that I have witnessed, but I sure remember that I enjoyed them at that moment.

Kookaburra at Seattle zoo
White wolves
Gulmohr tree outside my home
Cherry blossom

A few pictures that I DID take and came out okay.

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Photo Challenge # 383 – Fragile

Weejars is the host of Photo Challenge

Photo credit Angela Kelly

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

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We think that we have a strong grasp on the reins of life

In reality it is a fragile, temporary relationship

In one moment, things can turn topsy turvy

Leaving us flabbergasted and shaken to the core

Don’t take anything in life for granted

Take each moment as a bonus to savor and enjoy

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Truthful Tuesday – Careers

Frank is the host of Truthful Tuesday

The Question

When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Were you right, or did you end up doing something else?

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I think I always wanted to be a doctor. There was a brief time when in high school I realized that being very good in mathematics, I could easily opt for a career in engineering, but my paternal grandmother opposed the idea. Girls could be doctors or teachers but not engineers!

I did get into medical school, or college as we call it here, and studied there for four years. Then the story changed and I decided to get married and start a family!

I was right in that that I had an aptitude for the medical profession. I was good at diagnosing diseases, at putting the patients at ease and most importantly, I had a good grasp of my subjects. But life had other plans for me. I could have continued my studies after marriage, but then other factors played a role in this game called life and I finally thought that since I cannot continue with my medical career, I should withdraw from college. I later gave an exam to get a bachelor’s degree in science.

I ended up being a wife and a mother. As careers go, this is the most difficult and most rewarding career. But I think the least appreciated.

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Share Your World – Squirrelly World

Melanie is the host of SYW

This week is Evil Squirrel’s critter cavalcade of questions.  And a blatant, non-solicited plug for Evil Squirrel and his nest, which marked ten years this year of Nest-y goodness.   You might wish to saunter over to his blog and congratulate him!  So without further ado:

Welcome to Share Your World! 

QUESTIONS

8-19-2021  “Chip the Dignified if Species Confused Squirrel/Chipmonk”  

If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play…. the straight man or the funny one, and why?

I’ve very rarely seen these comedy acts. But if I have to be in, I would prefer to be the audience. I would get to enjoy the humor without the stress of trying to create it!

8-26-2021  “Buster “Auuughhh I’m HIT!” , the Indestructible Possum”

If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?

I think nowadays, I’d like to be a smartphone. Anyone who has a smartphone values it more than any other possession they have. It’s looked after very well and is always kept close.

Fleabag, the Canine.

A SYW question themed around Fleabag…

We all know how dogs mark their territory. How do you mark your territory?

I read Lauren’s response to this one and mine is the same, a paper trail. Used napkins, post-it notes, shopping lists etc is a herald that it’s my territory.

A Share Your World question inspired by Shadow (The Supercilious Creature from the Pokemon ‘empire)

If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be?

Perhaps questions about the medical field. I know most of the answers!

Unca Sam asks (A rare serious and thought-provoking SYW question inspired by Uncle Sam…)

In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens? This should not be thought of as an “Americans only” question. ANY ONE is welcome to answer.

This is one tricky question. Ideally, everyone eligible to vote should use their right and privilege to elect their representatives. It should be our civic duty to do so. But unfortunately, often the choice of candidates is such that you don’t feel like voting for anyone. And the flaws in the system often make the process so defective that it doesn’t make much of a difference anyway.

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Thanks Melanie for these fantastic questions.

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Thursday Inspiration #126 – Lunch

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Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word lunch, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Already Gone

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Going out with friends for lunch used to be our fun outing before covid. I have a few very close friends that I would meet for lunch or brunch once a month. But with covid, all meetings were suspended. We would talk to each other on phone, but having a meal together was a strict no-no.

Finally, when we all got vaccinated, and the government relaxed the restrictions for people who had been vaccinated, we got together for a lunch date. There was so much to talk about that the food was almost sidelined.

Almost but not completely.

We all are after all fond of eating and it is the city of Lahore where we live, which is famous for its variety of food. The situation in our country concerning covid is not stable. Sometimes we are allowed to dine in the restaurants and sometimes just outdoor dining is allowed. I still try to meet my friends so that we can all get away from our families and have a good heart-to-heart talk session.

I think eating out with good friends is a wonderful way to connect. What do you think?

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Sunday Poser # 46

Welcome back to Sunday Poser # 46

My question this week is;

Do you like surprises?

Surprise birthday or anniversary party count usually as a pleasant surprise. But life can throw unpleasant surprises at us without notice as well.

While most people take pleasant surprises in their stride, unpleasant surprises really throw them off.

I have rarely been surprised with a party, but many many times with gifts that I had wanted. My elder daughter is the one who lavishes expensive presents on me. While my husband is the practical type and always asks what I want for an upcoming birthday or anniversary!

As for unpleasant surprises, I usually adjust after a while to them. I think there is a part of my brain who expects bad things to happen. It is balanced by my optimism but when bad/ unpleasant things happen, I am not very surprised. I try to find a silver lining in those dark clouds.

So this is my story!

What about you? How do you handle the good and not so good surprises?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it back to this post.

Thanks for reading and visiting!

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