Decision making is a Herculean task

This week’s Wednesday challenge here on partner Susan and my site is HERCULEAN.

I am re-Sharing a post from 2019, written in response to Sue Vincent’s WritePhoto prompt, Decisions.

Arriving at a decision that is acceptable for all parties concerned is indeed a Herculean task. It needs not only understanding but patience too.

The journey took too long

The road was bumpy and difficult 

They thought that they would overcome 

All the hurdles fate threw at them on this voyage 

But when it came to the decision on which path to take

It tore their relationship apart for they couldn’t agree

Whether to take the road to the eternal bliss going through 

The forest of thorny obstacles and stumbling roadblocks of life

Or to cruise along the insipid flat lands of uneventful routine existence

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Written in response to;Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge -Herculean, hosted by Sue W and GC

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Identical?

Neighbours – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows two houses with matching doors, railings and winter decor.

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Two best friends, grew up together, married nearly at the same time and by luck found jobs in their hometown.

On a whim, they decided to find homes near each other. As luck had it, they found houses next to each other and identical too.

At first, things were good. The wives also struck a friendship and would get together to go shopping or for other activities. Peter and Susan were soon expecting a baby but John and his wife, Cindy decided to wait a while before starting a family.

With the arrival of the baby Molly, things started changing. The new parents were often too busy to go out with their neighbors and friends. Gradually the bonds weakened and in a few years, John and Cindy found living next door to their former friends very boring, especially when they never had a child and there weren’t many things they shared with them anymore.

Then one day, John told Peter that they were moving abroad as he had found a very good job opportunity.

Now the next-door, identical house stands empty, waiting for some family to brighten it up.

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Written in response to WritePhoto # Neighbors, hosted by KL Caley

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Cheeky fella

Visitor – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a small squirrel nibbling something whilst sitting on a fence panel.

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Squirrels are cheeky fellas, and those living in urban environments aren’t afraid of humans. They often would come near me while I was out walking, stealing food from the dumpsters. Often they would stop what they were doing and sit and stare at me.

This fella had found a half-eaten apple near a dumpster and had carried it all the way to this tree. Maybe he/she had a nest in it too. Very diligently it enjoyed the apple, but for some reason took exception to my taking pictures of it doing so. So when I aimed my phone camera to take more pictures, it had disappeared.

Squirrels are cute critters but be careful of venturing too close to them. They can bite and even draw blood. If you doubt my statement, ask Rory, and he’ll confirm my statement.

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Written in response to WritePhoto- Visitor , hosted by K L Caley

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Clear the view

Fog – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a river, further along it you can see some shadows of trees which the fog is starting to blur.

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Eyes blinded by the fog of ignorance

Or the blindness of too much misery

Taking things as they come, not reacting

What does it makes us? Callous, heartless?

We are becoming desensitized to the pain

The cruelty and abuse around us because it’s prevalent

Are we losing our humanity, our empathy

It’s time to open our eyes, clear the fog

See what is, for what it really is as it effects us

Pain, unjust treatment, death and suffering

Never get used to bad things because they happen oh so often!

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Written in response to WritePhoto # Fog, hosted by KL Caley

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The final resting place

Cemetery – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a cemetery path with graves and trees aligning each side of

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In my religion, our prophet ( peace be upon him) has asked us to remember death always and say a prayer for those departed when passing a cemetery.

Death is the final event in this life

Be happy or sad, no one gets out alive

Ideally it should come when we are done

With all that we needed to do doing our lifetime

But not everyone is lucky in this respect

Some die young while anticipating long lives

Other pray for death to release them from a difficult life

Death comes at it’s fixed time, I believe

And till it does live life as if it’s your last day on earth

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Written for WritePhoto # Cemetery, hosted by KL Caley

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Need a quiet spot

Woodland – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a shallow stony river meandering through some woodland.

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I have discovered that my need to find 

A quiet place has remained constant throughout life

When I was younger, I would go out in the garden

To be by myself, alone with my daydreams and thoughts

And as I grew older, the desire for solitude remained

But was overran by the overwhelming responsibilities of life

Now when I can, I enjoy my alone time, in quietness

I savor the silence, the feeling of being secluded

When I can hear my thoughts and answer them in my heart

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Written in response to WritePhoto- Woodland, hosted by KL Caley

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A bit of history!

Tower – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a stone tower with an arched centre. Beyond the tower is a line of houses.

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This tower has stood here a long time

The ravages of weather and history haven’t

Shaken it’s foundation or cracked it’s walls

Built by craftsmen of centuries ago it is a symbol of strength and power

Looking at it you can well imagine yourself to be

In times of long ago when life was completely different

Until you look at the structures around it and realize

That a slice of history is preserved for your education

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Written for WritePhoto- Tower, hosted by KL Caley

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Busy for your sake

Farming – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a red tractor busy in the field.

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Toiling for long days

In hot summer or cold winter

They grow food to feed us all

Man and animal alike are indebted

To the farmers who forsake their rest

So that there is always plenty to eat for us

Heartfelt gratitude to them from us all.

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Farmers are seldom acknowledged for their services to the rest of the community. Thanks, KL for this image, for it reminds us to express our gratitude to them.

Written for WritePhoto- Farming, hosted by KL Caley

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The meeting place

Meeting – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a woodland. In the centre of the woodland is a clearing with fallen trees made into a round seating area. At the head of the seating area is a grand chair.

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It was nearing sunset that Maisie came out in the open and sat on one of the logs. One by one, many joined her and gradually the circle was full of waiting woodland fairies.

But the chair at the head remained empty. Everyone was getting anxious because it wasn’t like the wise fairy to be late. What if she was caught? Taken a prisoner? Or God forbid, had forsaken them and flown away someplace? These questions were percolating in the minds of all present.

But all the wondering stopped when the wise fairy suddenly appeared and took her position at the head of the gathering.

“Dear fairy folks, I’m sorry to be tardy today but I had a good reason to be so. I have important information!” She stopped and looked at the faces turned towards her.

“Our forest is going to be cleared, to make way for a new resort to be built here. This has to be stopped at once. Do you have any suggestions?”

A young fairy put forward the idea of using the spell of forgetfulness on the developers so they completely forget their idea. The wise fairy liked this idea and it was put into action, by two older fairies who had powerful magic. Thus saving a forest that had stood there for generations.

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Written for WritePhoto- Meeting, hosted by KL Caley

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Behind the wall

Curtain – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a crumbling stone curtain wall stretching as far as the edge of the photo.

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Can you see what’s on the other side of this wall?

Can you jump high enough to get a glimpse or perhaps use a ladder to climb over the top?

Are you ever curious enough to try to find out?

Or are you content with just what others tell you about what’s out there?

Many of us don’t make the effort to lift the curtain and look out to see for ourself. We are content with what we are told and never are curious enough to verify the facts on our own.

Don’t you think that we should at least try to know the truth of what we are told?

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Written for WritePhoto # Curtain, hosted by KL Caley

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