Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 175

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge

PROMPT #175

A year back, the prompt on Exploration Challenge was “Woman”.

I decided to reverse it.

In this week, write a story/anecdote/non-fiction piece which does not involve a woman.

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A father

Seldom celebrated

Infrequently acknowledged

He bears the burden of financial responsibility

Carries the concerns of his family deep in his heart

Often unable to articulate his love and care in words

His actions sometimes deemed harsh, judgmental

But look into his heart and his worried eyes

And you will find a love that parallels that of a mother

Yet seldom celebrated or realized, but just taken for granted

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I was thinking of my own father, the kindest man I’ve ever known, or my husband who is a kind and caring father. But my children think him strict and there are often arguments when they declare that papa doesn’t get them!

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March-Celebrating Woman

I was moved deeply by this post from Michnavs where she has encouraged us to celebrate every woman in her every role this March!

She

A woman

In every role, she is a hero

Worth our appreciation and praise

Though she never looks for applause

When she selflessly performs her duties

She gives her all as a mother, as a sister, a daughter, or a wife

There’s no way to measure her love or devotion

When she enriches our lives with her sincere contributions

Women are the glue that holds the society together

Can we ever thank them?

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I think I couldn’t express my feelings here as I wanted to because words failed me.

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#WomenHistoryMonth

Friday Four- Season 3 Game 1

Rory is the host of Friday Four

If it wasn’t so, what would it be then?

I am very disappointed that it wasn’t just so! But if it isn’t then I’ll take it however it is!

When was the last time you simply paused for a few moments to take in everything that is seriously great about our world?

I do that every day. When I walk, I think about life. It’s a wonderful time to just empty my mind of random thoughts and think about my life, the way I am heading, and how good life really is. Nothing is perfect, but there is good in every day and in most things that happen in my day-to-day life.

If you were given one song of your choice and one song only to play in the ‘air around’ you when you went out outside for walking or exercising or on your way to where ever or whatever … what would that song be?

I love devotional songs. Mostly hymns sung in praise of God Almighty. I can listen to them all day, especially one which is sung by a famous Pakistani singer, Atif Aslam. The 99 names of Allah;

https://youtube.com/watch?v=lgm3puP3tMA&feature=share

So we have healthy mentalness, wellbeing and mindfulness and they have been with us for many a year as terminology – but also sometimes and quite oft forgotten is ‘kindfulness’ – aka the art of being kind to yourself … when was the last time you practiced being kind to you and what was it that you did or were doing?

I try to be kind to myself every day by looking after my health. I used to be very critical of my actions but now I just forgive my blunders and move on. From time to time I indulge myself by doing something that I like.

Loving oneself is the first step towards kindfulness!

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Friday Fun- The Path I treaded

Kate is the host of Friday Fun

Friday Fun – your path

we all travel through life in our best way possible
often on quite different paths
none are right or wrong, just different!

get creative and share your path
in poem, photos, fiction or fantasy?

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I was born in a home that was blessed with both parents

But tragedy befell when I was just a child, losing my mum

Circumstances changed and demanded that I tread a path

Balanced between childhood and grownup caution

I needed to be careful not displeasing my new mother

Keeping on the good side of her, I tried my best but I was a child

Rebellion often raised its head, making me stand my ground

On matters which appeared trivial to grownups

But were important to a teenager, so trouble ensued

But I was always the one to apologize and give way

I still tread a cautious path, being careful of not offending

It is a habit ingrained in me through years of practice

Now I bless the circumstances that taught me these traits

Gave me the habit of giving way, and trying to understand

The point of view of others and being able to compromise

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Celebrate kindness

Today on Jen’s blog I can across this beautiful reminder;

It’s Random Acts Of Kindness week- 14th February- 20th February

What a beautiful idea!

Be kind and show kindness, however small a gesture it be.

Today I woke up to severe pain in my abdomen. Apparently it can happen after the surgery I’ve just had almost 2 weeks ago.

A visit to the ER, another abdominal ultrasound and a couple of injections for pain and I am back home. Though much better but not fully restored to my former self.

But the thing I want to mention is how kind the nursing staff at the hospital was. I was given very prompt treatment and made comfortable.

Their kindness touched my heart. And I am full of admiration for them.

Be kind

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Tale Weaver – #313 – Finding Something Forgotten – February 4th

Michael is the host of Tale Weaver

This week compose a response to the prompt: Finding Something Forgotten.

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Talking to a family member, I found a memory long forgotten

An incident that took place when I was a child of six

I would wonder where my mom went when she died

And someone said that she is up there in the sky with God

I planned in my mind to build a long, a very long ladder

So that I could climb up there and meet her again

The plan came to nothing, obviously and the memory forgotten

But a conversation brought it back to my mind and

I marveled at the innocence and naivety of my younger self

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Eugi’s Weekly Prompt- Winter

Eugenia is the host of Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

Your Weekly Prompt  Winter – February 4, 2021.

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The months of winter bring us

Cozy snuggles under the blankets

Warm roaring fire casting a golden glow

All seems idyllic when one has shelter and warmth

Image a threadbare blanket and freezing weather

The room is dark and frigid without light or heat

The snow is piling up outside, no way to get warm food

The harshness of the climate, hard to find comfort

These are two sides of the same coin

One side shows us all that’s best about winters

The other side, shows a dismal picture, difficult to ignore

So when you enjoy the warmth of your hearth

Spare a thought for those going through this season

Without the comfort of heat or hot food to keep them safe

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Thursday Photo Prompt- Appointed # WritePhoto

Sue Vincent is the host of Thursday Photo Prompt


This week’s prompt ~ Appointed

For visually challenged writers, the image shows the black silhouette of a crow perched atop a blackened and dead-looking tree. In the background the sky is blue and the trees are decked in the full green leaf of summer…

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Don’t be apprehensive or afraid

The tree he is perching on may be dying

But he is the harbinger of good news for us

He is appointed to bring the tidings of change

Of good times that we all have been looking forward to

The tide is changing and nature has relented finally

Spring is in the offing, your patience will be rewarded

A bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers you’ll find on your doorstep

And a vista that will gladden your heart

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