Reblog; Tale Weaver – Gift – December 24th

Michael is the host of Tale Weaver

This week because it is Christmas Eve write about a gift you received or gave.

Or about being gifted in some way.

Have fun and a Merry Christmas to you all.

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I think I am extremely lucky to have this gift

A gift of a caring heart, a gift of crying tears of sympathy

Of offering a hug and holding close a friend in need

Empty words without sincerity cannot comfort

So I think I am blessed to have an empathetic heart

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I have included the following prompts in this post as well;

Cry, empty, hug

Lucky

Caring

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Laughter

Laugh out loud to lighten the load that you carry. Cares and worries all take an insidious toll on our health and when we find something to laugh about we can blow them away with a roaring laugh.

I am a huge fan of spreading joy and laughter. When you smile at someone, they usually smile back at you. You both feel the joy a spontaneous smile brings to our hearts.

Telling jokes to make people laugh is a wonderful skill that I, unfortunately, don’t possess. But I can act the fool. Or pretend to. Sometimes I retell incidents with a humorous twist to make people laugh.

Always value those who make you laugh. They are a priceless treasure.

Written in response to Tale Weaver- Laughter, hosted by Stephanie Colpron

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Valuable Mistakes

Mistakes are the greatest teachers.

Until and unless we make mistakes, we cannot learn how to do things right.

If we compare successful people to those who aren’t that successful in life, the main difference would be that those who succeed, make mistakes and then learn how not to do things like that again.

I have made many mistakes in life, like everyone else. I’m not a fast learner so I make a mistake many times before the lesson is driven home. The best lesson I learned was not to trust everyone when I made this mistake once too many times.

Someone who I thought was a good and trusted friend was the one who taught me this lesson. As she was my friend for a long time, I used to share my problems with her. But slowly I realized that she was talking to others about my issues. It took me a while but I finally figured it out and then I started keeping her at an arm’s distance.

Another mistake that taught me a valuable lesson was not to have expectations. Having expectations spoil relationships because what we expect from others is never close to what we get. Since I rectified this mistake of mine, I have improved my relationship with my siblings and immediate family. I don’t allow myself to expect them to do anything for me. If they do something kind I am very pleased and if they don’t, I am happy too.

Written for;

Tale Weaver prompt hosted by Stephanie Colpron

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Tale Weaver – In the Dark

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Tale Weaver. 

A late post as I had to bring my son to his follow-up for his broken wrist. Everything seems to be healing nicely.

We rely on our senses so heavily on a daily basis. Like sight. 

So for today’s tale, I’d like you to write a story where a character has no sense of sight, or has lost it. Or maybe how it would feel to you if you did become blind. I’ve got spectacles myself but even though I can’t see too well without I’m not blind… so yes a story on a loss of senses, or the reclaiming of it… Your choice.

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 take many things for granted! Sight is one of the senses that we rely heavily upon and think that we have this amazing ability for life.

But life throws many unexpected challenges our way. Recently, I had some trouble seeing clearly from my left eye and blamed it on the fact that after my cataract surgery, the lens capsule had a bit of calcification on it. I thought after a quick laser treatment, It would be back to normal.

But it didn’t. It needed more investigation.

After a detailed exam of my retina, I was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration. This is unsettling and worrying! I have an elderly maternal aunt who has almost lost sight of both eyes due to this disease.

Suddenly, I have learned to value my sight much more because I don’t know the prognosis of this disease. I am going to get another opinion about it and I hope that this doctor would give me some good news because the possibility of losing my sight is a frightening one.

At the same time, I realize how brave are those people who have always lived without this gift. I appreciate their courage very much.

PS; I saw the ophthalmologist today and she reassured me that things aren’t dire, as yet. I just need to keep an eye( pun not intended) on things and get regular check-ups. ( Relief 😅)

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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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Crimson Creative Challenge – 140 & Tale Weaver- Climate change

Crispina is the host of Crimson Creative Challenge

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

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Silently they move in the foggy morning. The gentle wind causing the wind turbines to convert the energy of wind into electricity.

Stretching for miles, these silent structures dominate the landscape. People have finally realized that using fossil fuel was destroying the environment and deteriorating the climate to a level where it was becoming a threat to human survival.

Now the majority of the energy used is electrical, manufactured through wind turbines and solar panels. Cars are now only operated on electricity!

Humans have realized that climate change has to be stopped by taking drastic measures and by behaving responsibly.

At least I hope that they would one day and soon.

I’ve also written this in response to Tale Weaver- Climate change

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver 

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Tale Weaver – Soulmates

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver

So for today’s tale I’d like you to consider the concept of “soul mate” – it could be yours or your character’s if you decide to write a fiction: it might be a partner, spouse or a friend.

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What is a soulmate?

A soulmate can be a romantic partner or a friend or a sibling even. The connection is intangible but it’s very much there.

Someone who understands you without you telling them. Someone who will answer the question before you have asked it. Someone who will say what you were going to say at that exact moment.

I don’t think romance has much to do with this connection. We gravitate instinctively towards people with whom we feel this connection. People who share similar values and views. They become our best friends whatever relationship we have with them.

I say similar, not exactly the same. Luckily, I’ve had many such connections. My younger brother was one! I say was as he had lived in America for last 33-34 years and we’ve grown apart. But when we were growing up, we were so much in sync that it was amazing.

I’ve had a few childhood friends who are also on the same wavelength as me. That’s why that we have been friends since our school days. Almost 50 years.

With my husband, I have a yin-yang relationship. We compliment each other. On the important issues of life, we think similarly but on other things, we are wildly different. But we work together as a team.

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Tale Weaver- Sound of silence

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lose one of your senses? Or have you even experienced it? 

Today I invite you to write a tale from the perspective of someone who has lost the sense of hearing. All they hear now is “the sound of silence” if you will.

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The hearing loss was gradual, not sudden. At first, she found peace when it all went silent. When the high-pitched tinnitus gave way to a peaceful silence, she was at ease.

But this relief was short-lived. She felt that she was excluded from all the family business because she couldn’t hear or understand what they were discussing.

Her friends also took a step back because they felt inadequate and embarrassed, dealing with her. But Carolyn was made of resilient stuff. At the age of 55 she started learning sign language and soon mastered it.

Now though her world was silent, she still could communicate with her loved ones. It dawned on her that if life closed one door, it opened another.

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Tale Weaver 26.08.21 – It’s Not About Falling…

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver

So to our Tale Weaver Theme; It’s not how you fall it’s how you get back up…

This week I invite you to share a tale of resilience, of falling and getting back up to see the story through; it might be a grand quest or a project at work or at home… Yours to decide.

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The challenges life throws at us often unbalance us and we are close to giving up and throwing in the towel. But being a quitter is not the way to overcome hurdles.

Don’t lose heart when the chips don’t fall your way

When Lady Luck seems offended at you, ignores you


*It’s the fighter who falls in the battle


*Not the bystander who never ventured in the fray


Get back up after every fall for you are no quitter


The biggest loser is the one who never tried

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(I have paraphrased a couplet from famous Urdu poet, Alama Iqbal; Girte hein shahsawar hi maidan-e-jung me
Wo tifl kea gere jo ghutno ke bal chale”
It means that only the fighters fall from their horse in a battle, not an infant who walks on his knees!)

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Tale Weaver 19.08.21 – I’m the Sidekick

Stephanie Colpron is the host of Tale Weaver

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She says;

I’m wondering what your tale as the sidekick would be like? Not necessarily the sidekick’s origin story (as in, how do they react when they find out?) but rather the daily life/struggles/victories of the hero’s sidekick if it makes sense.

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I wait in the wings while they take the center stage

All the spotlight focused on them, their actions

Silently I do all background work while someone else is praised

It hard to be that invisible hand that supports without acknowledgment

But I know that they are the real heroes

And I am just the supporting cast

I do the stuff that’s not deemed important

Yet without which the story isn’t complete

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I have written from the perspective of aides, nurses, secretaries, and of course moms. Their contributions are often pushed to the sidelines while the main players get the spotlight.

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