Not bored, are you?

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word drag, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’.

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Boredom is something we all are familiar with. I think being bored signifies that we don’t have any serious problems troubling us at the time and we are at loss to do with the time at our disposal.

Creative people can ward off boredom in many ways. In fact, they are not bored at all as they have many other things to do with the extra time.

Many ways to kill the boredom bug;

Start organizing your room/ cupboard/ desk/ bookshelves; You’ll find that time vanishes, leaving no room for getting fed up.

Start an art project, Something big; It won’t be finished in time and you’ll wish you had more time.

Think of something pleasant to do on vacations; Time spend daydreaming leaves no room for getting bored.

Think up a diabolical scheme to trip up a friend. These pleasant/ unpleasant thoughts will take up all the spare time.

These are just a few suggestions to while away time productively or unproductively. There are many more that you can think up!

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Thursday Inspiration – Family

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word family, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be’.

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Family

Sometimes a source of affection and support

And at times, causing frustration and pain

We cannot live without them and

Sometimes they make living, hell

It’s often said that blood is thicker than water

And I agree that blood ties pull us to each other

When despite estrangement, one of us needs help

Family comes together in crisis

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Thursday Inspiration- Stage/ Limelight

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

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

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Life is a stage and…….

Yes, these are the same old lines from Shakespeare but though these have lost their meaning because of too frequent a usage, they are true in one sense that we all play the part we are allotted by life. At times we are so engrossed and involved in our allotted roles that we fail to see the bigger picture.

The reality of life is that both the minuscule and the immense aspects of it have equal importance. A small irritant can assume gigantic proportions because it may be all that we can think of at that moment. Similarly, a massive problem can be dismissed by a shake of the head because we have the tools to deal with it at our disposal.

A very wise person once told me to look at life from the spectator’s gallery. He said we often need to take ourselves out of the events and look at them from the point of view of an outsider.

Play your part

But don’t get too involved


For this role that we play

On the stage of life

Can end very abruptly

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Thursday Inspiration – Happy

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word happy, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

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Don’t put the onus of your happiness

On the shoulders of your loved ones

You can decide to be miserable or happy

This power only lies within yourself

How erroneous are the ideas we grew up with

When we learn that happiness lies in the actions of others

If we think that someone else will be the harbinger of our joy

Then we are destined to be disappointed again and again

Taking charge of one’s own happiness is the only way

To live a joyful life!



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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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Thursday Inspiration- Heart

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word heart, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘One Love

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Many of us suffer from this conflict. There is a huge gap between our public persona and our inner self. I’ve explored this in my poem below.

I have a big heart

I don’t flinch when people hurt me

I bear their insults without lashing back



This is what I like to show others

While inside my heart breaks into a million pieces

I feel the hurt but keep smiling to cover it




Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite

But I console myself with this thought that

Acting magnanimous gives me an advantage


My heart may feel the hurt but I’m not the one inflicting it!

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Thursday Inspiration- Eyes

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word eyes, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘How Deep Is Your Love

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In your eyes I can see

Sparkles of mischief vying with Innocence

Happiness at being who you are now at this moment

The biggest gift of childhood, accepting oneself

Enjoying this precious time without worrying about the future

How I wish that I too had retained this sparkle of joy

To be in the moment without thinking about the tomorrow

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Thursday Inspiration- Life

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word life, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘You Light Up My Life’.

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Life is a gift to be valued
Don’t squander this treasure


You may think that your life is difficult
Things are too hard and people uncaring


But life is a challenge that we undertake
With the first breath we commit to it unequivocally


Growing up is no joke, it’s a perilous journey
Childhood, teenage, adulthood all have their challenges


Between these challenges and stressful moments
We are gifted with fantastic glimpses of breathtaking beauty


The beauty that is life itself which rewards us
And makes living bearable despite everything in our way




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Thursday Inspiration- Teardrop

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word teardrop, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’.

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Tears are emotions in liquid form

Happy or sad they drip from the eyes


These salty droplets purge the heart


Of feelings that are hard to hold



The heart feels lighter after a good cry


The demons of grief exorcised for a little while


Don’t stop the tears from falling as they are


The best catharsis when you feel too much

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Thursday Inspiration #119 Seasons in the Sun

Jim Adams aka NEWEPICAUTHOR is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word wine, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Seasons in the Sun’, or by going with another song by Terry Jacks

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I first listened to this song, Seasons in the sun, when I was in school, 6-7th grade. It was such a sad song yet for some reason it didn’t depress the listener. Even now, I love to hear it play. There were many other favorites from that era.

Country roads take me home, summer wine, and many like them. These were songs where the lyrics were simple, yet powerful. For us, non-English speaking people, these songs were easy to understand and sing along.

I struggle with modern-day songs, especially rap songs, where they sing so fast that I cannot for the life of me follow them, and singing along is out of the question.

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