Sunday Writing Prompt, July 18/21 – The Quiet One

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This challenge highlights the recluse, the introvert, the one off to the side. The person who seems out of place, keeps to themselves, or pleads the fifth in court. The wife with bruises, the employee who can’t look their boss in the eye, the child who won’t play with others, the one with all the knowledge who is too timid to share their groundbreaking idea.

Today’s Sunday Writing Prompt is: The Quiet One

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I was the quiet one once!

I always felt too shy to speak up in class, share my thoughts with others. The fear of making a fool of myself held me back. It was always a bother for me to socialize.

Why was it so? And how I changed?

I think growing up without the guidance a mother can give, I lacked self confidence. I was had opinions but was afraid of being ridiculed so kept them to myself. I remember that when I was in med school, I answered my examiner with a little-known fact about a drug and then said that I may be wrong. He surprisingly told me not to doubt myself and that my information was correct.

This is an example of how things gradually changed for me. I slowly morphed from a shy girl into a confident woman. My age and years have also played an important part in this transformation.

Now I am not hesitant in sharing my views. I also defend my point when challenged. Sometimes, I am told, I talk too much and am too fixed about my views.

I think that it behooves parents and teachers to boost the self-confidence of children from a young age. Giving them that faith in themselves that makes them believe that their ideas and opinions are valid and they shouldn’t fear expressing them.

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Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Unforgotten- July 15, 2021

Eugenia is the host of Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

“My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.” – Rick Bass

Your Weekly Prompt Unforgotten – July 15, 2021.

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You will always be unforgotten

Your essence live in my DNA

You have passed from this world


Yet you live on in your children


I remember you in my moments of joy


Or when I am overwhelmed with trouble

The thoughts of you always lift my spirits

Your memory makes the best part of my childhood

I hope to emulate you in my principles and values

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A poem to honor my father who passed away almost 17 years ago.

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Sunday Writing Prompt- The little things

Sara is out host for Sunday Writing Prompt

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A little has the ability to go LONG way. A phone call from a friend, checking in on you when you are feeling down. Did you receive that PERFECT Christmas gift? It was only a few packages of red licorice from your Mom, but she knows you are a movie buff, and red licorice is your favorite movie treat. The person in line before you paid for your latte, which you paid forward to the customer behind you. Someone letting you in a long line of traffic, or sacrificing that rock star parking spot. “I threw in that load of laundry”, “I saw this beautiful succulent and bought it for you to add to your collection”, “I took the afternoon off so you can have a break from the kids”, “I’ll cook tonight”.

Today’s Sunday Writing Prompt is: The Little Things

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Small actions, thoughtful little signs

Shout loudly that someone gives a damn about you

Showing that they care and want to be there for you

Have bigger impact than grand gestures

Which stroke their own ego rather than the recipient

A single rose, a thoughtful note are all that can make someone’s day

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Rory Asks; When……

Rory asked a profound question a couple of days back;

He said; When does it all start to really matter? Now l ask you the same question and allow you to interpret as you so wish – am l referring to happiness, wasting time, family, relationships, buying a house, having kids, fulfilling dreams, having the dream job, taking the right holiday or vacation, allowing life to pass by, not achieving anything or simply what really matters in life and how do you prioritise your focus?

So, l ask you all …

When does it all start to really matter?

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I think it really starts to matter when we understand the meaning and purpose of our life. For me, this came early. I was a thinker even in my childhood and my circumstances made me ponder on the meaning of life more than the average teenager.

I wanted to know why certain things happen to some people and not others? Why people are not kind and considerate to those who are innocent and defenseless? Why fate maneuvered my life in ways that were incomprehensible for me?

The answers gave me an inkling into the purpose of my life. From that point I started to make decisions that gave meaning to my actions. I don’t mean to tell you that I was very good or wise since those early days but it helped my straighten up my thoughts and guided my actions.

With time and age I have found that this gave me a foundation upon which I’ve built my life. I think my every action matters and nothing is without purpose in life. And yes, I believe everything happens for a reason. Whatever has happened in the past, it has shaped my character and have laid a foundation for my present and future.

So coming back to my original answer, I would say that it starts to matter when we start to understand the meaning of our lives.

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Tuesday Writing Prompt – A life well lived

Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge

Today’s prompt— Write a poem using evanescence, trill, and longevity

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I pray that I pass into evanescence gracefully 

I don’t seek the thrill of longevity

But wish for a life well-lived, well spent

A life that had a purpose and aim to it

A life where I managed to live up to the standards I had set for myself

What is the use of long life I ask you

When it also will pass in a blink of an eye

Be it fifty years or an even hundred years

It will be over before you really know it


I want my soul to be free, to trill like a bird, joyfully

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Thursday Inspiration- Free

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word free, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘People Got to Be Free.

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You’re free
Free to speak your mind
But mind what you say is not hurtful


You’re free
To follow your dreams
But don’t trample on the dreams of others


You’re free
To state your opinions
But don’t force them on others around you


You’re free
To follow your faith and religion
But don’t despise those who have different views than yours


You’re free
Let others be free too
Only then we all can be totally free

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WQWWC #31: Freedom

Marsha is the host of WQWWC

Topic for this week is : Freedom

We celebrate freedom in many ways.

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

Virginia Woolf

Freedom of thought and imagination is one gift that no one can take from us. The body is a prisoner of the humdrum daily grind but the flight of imagination can soar high any time and anywhere.

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.

Ralph Ellison

The freedom to be oneself! Something that is hard-won oftentimes. Not to conform to the expectations of of what others think about you, or expect of you!

Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.

C. JoyBell

Freedom, or liberation from the opinion of the society. From my personal experience, this is a freedom that requires a lot of willpower and sustained effort. But once you’ve achieved this freedom, you are really and totally free. Then it won’t matter to you that so and so thinks that you dress oddly or a certain friend or family member is disappointed by your refusal to do something for them.

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Oh to be truly free, let go of useless emotions like anger and anxiety. Shed your burdens and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.

Savor being free, because not everyone is!

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