Category Archives: Daily Prompt

A Lifelong Bachelor Visiting Married Friends.

This week’s short story prompt from write the story:

 

The story: A life-long bachelor visiting married friends.

Include the following in your story:

Tick tock * factory * zoology * arrest * broadcast * comb *divorce *flap * harness *gaze

I’ll post mine by Sunday. Let me know if you want to join in!

 

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Dance like no one is watching.

Entertain

Even though I looked foolish to my husband, I’m glad I took the moment to entertain myself while on hold with Apple Support. My mood soared after a few minutes of finding my funk dancing around the kitchen to the hold music Flashlight by Parliment. I was almost disappointed when the tech came on. Sure I looked like Elaine dancing on Seinfeild, but who cares? What is that saying? Dance like no one is watching? Next time you need a lift, turn up the tunes and dance like no one is watching. You will be glad you did.166108-Dance-Like-No-One-Is-Watching

Flash light (flash light, flash light)
Flash light (flash light, flash light)
Flash light (oh, flash light)
Flash light (oh, flash light)
Spot light (spot light)
Neon light (ooooh, neon light)
Flash light (ooh, flash light ho!)
Stop light (stop light)

Now I lay me down to sleep
I guess I’ll go count the sheep
Ha da da dee da hada hada da da (oh)
Shake your funk (Ha da da dee da hada hada da da)
Shake your funk (Ha da da dee da hada hada da da)
Shake your rump (Ha da da dee da hada hada da da) (ho!)
I think I found the funk

Read more: Parliament – Flash Light Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Age-Old Question

Daily Prompt Age

In a recent post, I pondered the age-old question “Why are we here,” I added a quote my teacher had placed on a chalkboard by Richard Bach. “Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.”

I continue to make an effort to live my life to the fullest. To say yes to new experiences and not talk myself out of opportunities because of whatever lame excuse pops into my head. I work from home and find that I go days without leaving my house. Not the best step to living my life to the fullest.

I’m back in school working on my masters. Class started last week and I recognized my weekends would be filled with homework. Between working from home and doing homework, I was in danger of becoming a hermit. 🙂 Continue reading

Nest – Daily prompt​

cooper blue bonnetsYour life will be much more memorable if you stop and smell the flowers, or watch a bird build its Nest.

When I lived in Texas, we couldn’t wait for the Bluebonnets. There was a short window of time to take pictures and enjoy their beauty before the heat hit and they withered back. Every year we would take the pups to a local field and snap away, just like all the other families in Texas. We tried to find a spot that wasn’t trampled on and tried not to add to the trampling. It wasn’t always easy. Looking around at the families snapping away at their little angels, I noticed no one was enjoying the flowers. Tensions were high and the kids were getting restless waiting for that perfect shot. Mothers were yelling at dads to take the shot from a kneeling angle or move over to that tree nearby. I’m sure the resulting shots were gorgeous, but what about the opportunity to stop and smell the flowers? Was that lost or was it just a quick scratch and sniff and on to the next errand on the list?

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Particular Maneuver​

Daily Prompt Particular. 

I remember in basic training when we were learning how to march in formation, our instructor would yell out “I am about to show you a maneuver, pay close attention to this part of my body.” He would either motion like Vanna White to the lower or upper half of his body. I thought it was funny, but in hindsight, I realized how profound his process was. What a gift to have the lesson you are about to receive clearly spelled out so you know exactly what to focus on.

Years later a friend made a comment about repeating patterns in a relationship and that until you learn whatever lesson was being sent your way, that pattern would continue to repeat itself. For example, picking a person that is safe to avoid being hurt or picking a person that is emotionally unavailable because on some level we might not be ready for a full connection or believe we are not worthy.

One of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits involved a person visiting a psychiatrist. For the entire session no matter what the patient said, the response from the psychiatrist was “look to yourself.” It cracked me up and stayed with me. I realized it was intended for entertainment, but it made me think, what an excellent response. Looking at patterns and figuring out any lessons you can gain from them may move you forward and break the cycle. Patterns that crop up every few years are on a smaller scale and admittedly harder to recognize, but are equally important to analyze.

Being mindful and present of your patterns helps you watch for life’s lessons with eyes-wide-open. If you keep having the same type of experience and you want to make a shift, pay attention to your patterns and the next time when the universe yells out, “I’m about to execute a life lesson, pay particular attention to your relationship,” look closely at any patterns you may be repeating.

 

Honk if you are happy.

Honk if you are happy. I remember 25 years ago “just married” was written on my car. We received honks all the way from Gainesville Florida to Orlando. We were going to Disney World for our Honeymoon. I remember how excited everyone was for us, waving and smiling and of course honking. Maybe we should write sayings on our car to see if we get the same response. Maybe Have a Beautiful day. or It’s just traffic, this to shall pass. Or Honk if you are happy!

I am dubious that the struggle is real.

Dubious

I am dubious that my struggle is real.  I wonder if I am chasing a dream that is not my own.  Is my ladder to success leaning against the wrong wall? Are the motivational stickers on my mirror keeping me on tract or are they distracting me from looking within? From asking the hard question if I am following the path for my best unfoldment, not the path that fills my home with stuff.

Am I using the gifts God gave me to make a difference in the lives of others? I think I am, but on what scale? I feel that I have only dipped my toe in the water of my potential.

I am in the process of reframing my life to have less focus on what I expect from life and more on what life expects from me.

 

 

Black Friday for the soul.

Black Friday is approaching. The excitement builds as commercials start feeding deals a few weeks prior. The daily news adds to the frenzy with helpful tips for the big day.  I usually opt out of Black Friday. I know it serves an important purpose. It helps business get out of the red if they have had a bad financial year and it helps consumers get savings for the holidays that seem to approach faster than the speed of light each year.

I find crowds overwhelming and the mass elbows up grab fest makes my brain freeze on what I’m searching for. I like taking my time over the year and when I see something that resonates with me that would be ideal for the person I have in mind, I watch for a sale and then make my purchase. Mostly I try to make the gift as personal as possible which is hard to do during a grab fest. Black Friday for me is a time to reflect on how I can get my soul out of the red and back into the black.

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Neophyte – The life of a writer.

I have to admit, I had to look this daily prompt up. Neophyte definitely applies to me. I am a novice blogger but my experience and confidence are growing. The daily prompts are invaluable. I like being a novice. The beginning stage of a new adventure, a new experience, a new life lesson is inspiring. It keeps me on my toes. It helps me grow and hopefully lets me fill my toolbox with one more skillset, one more opportunity for growth, one more opportunity to inspire others.