SoCS 11-12-22- Pursuit of Excellence

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with or contains ‘cel.’” Find a word that begins with or contains “cel” and use it in your post any way you’d like. Have fun!

“Excellent!”
Have you ever watched a child’s face light up when you say that? That reaction is also an excellent outcome. It’s heartwarming!

That word is not synonymous with perfect, though. Perfect doesn’t actually exist in our everyday lives. It’s a unicorn; great to imagine but impossible to own. But “excellent” does absolutely exist.

Excellent is a worthy goal and looks different in every situation. Doing your best is excellent. Making even a tiny improvement is excellent. It seems that excellent can be a direction to move toward as often as an outcome. But excellent things rarely “pop” out of nowhere. They’re pursued. And in order to appreciate any “excellent” event we need to also know being disheartened and disappointed. Everything is relative.

I personally dislike complaining. And it just occurred to me that people who complain a lot may have unrealistic expectations of achieving excellence. Do we feed that attitude in kids? Are we so eager to see their glowing faces that we dish out the “that’s excellent!” praise too often? I can’t help thinking that we’re giving a terrible burden to kids when we do that. People who complain about everything are visibly miserable and while they are complaining, “hope” is nowhere to be found. Besides Love, Hope is an essential part of life. It gives you courage to “try again” and to persevere. Without it, ‘giving up’ is almost a sure thing.

That brings me to something I have pondered for a while. My parents’ and grandparents’ generations experienced The Great Depression and two World Wars. I was fortunate to know my grandparents and listened to their tales about ‘difficult times’. Why weren’t drug abuse, suicide, frantic outrage, and ‘safe spaces’ big deals then? Do modern day kids think struggling is something new? I think so. In fact, I don’t think modern day kids even recognize what ‘struggling’-real human despair- is.

Here’s a recommended topic of discussion with your kids and grandkids. As all things are relative, ask them to put down their $200.00 devices and chew on this:

“While rates of extreme poverty have declined substantially, falling from 36 percent in 1990, the report’s expanded examination of the nature of poverty demonstrates the magnitude of the challenge in eradicating it. Over 1.9 billion people, or 26.2 percent of the world’s population, were living on less than $3.20 per day in 2015. Close to 46 percent of the world’s population was living on less than $5.50 a day. “


And once you get their attention, watching this video together might give them an idea how to help out their fellow man. Wouldn’t that be excellent?!



Happy Saturday! I hope we all can inspire our kids to seek excellence!


https://lindaghill.com/2022/11/11/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-12-2022/

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #256- Learning to Remember

The prompt is

Any word starting with Re



He first became interested in the man from a random introduction in a pop-up video.
One day, Devon would remember that as a fateful moment.

Devon instantly was hooked on that fascinating man’s videos, and somehow, he had been scheduled to be tonight’s guest lecturer!
Dev was about to witness thoughtfulness through impeccable logic, tremendous poise, and exploring brand-new angles on old ideas.
As he hurried to the event, he remembered the humbling first feelings he’d experienced from this speaker’s words. He’d had no idea what wisdom was until he’d listened to him.

Outside of the campus gymnasium, a large crowd of rowdy students blocked the entrance waving signs all with the word “FASCIST” in bloody red letters. Security was running back and forth frantically, and Devon heard police sirens getting closer. A loudspeaker chirped to life telling everyone, “Tonight’s lecture has been cancelled. Please return to your dorms.” in a monotonous loop.

Devon was crushed and confused. He hungered to hear more about Aristotle, William Shakespeare, and King Solomon who were only a few, of many geniuses, frequently quoted by his new mentor in the videos he’d consumed. Because of one outrageous act, the opportunity to see, and possibly meet, this man was gone!

Suddenly he felt compelled to head straight for the library. That extraordinary man had repeatedly proposed that “We all must remember classical wisdom.” on many occasions and not one of his college classes were the least bit interested in anything proposed by “old white men”. Every syllabus he’d gotten, to date, had said so.

Devon scowled and slumped in a chair for a while then he abruptly stood up, with his chin jutting out, and borrowed an armload of old texts. As he exited, he exuberantly shouted into the night,
“How might I remember things that I don’t know anything about?! “

That evening Devon K. Sapienti was about to embark on self-education. From there, he would acquire much knowledge worthy of remembering.



https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2022/11/10/reenas-xploration-challenge-256/

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner #46- The Test

Photo by  Wassim Chouak on Unsplash

This was my first-ever job interview.

After filling out a generic three-question application,
I was escorted to an empty room and told to sit in a lone rocking chair until someone comes for me.
Then the lights went out!

At first, I sat silently but soon I began to rock nervously.

I started whispering to myself,
“I get it. This is a psychology laboratory, and this is some kind of an experiment. Okay guys, I’m game.”

Then, the creaking from the rocking began to wear on me causing me to wonder if my rocking was “good’ or “bad”. What could this mean?
So, I stopped and let the darkness and silence envelop me. The stillness was unsettling, though.

I don’t know how much time went by, but it wasn’t too long before I started hearing my own heartbeat and it kept growing louder and my heartrate was getting rapid!
How long had it been? Was I passing or failing this test? Should I rock or wait?
I was starting to lose my cool! Was this job worth this torture? Who do they think they are playing psych games on me?!

When I finally pressed the button on my watch, I found that I’d been in the room for two hours and forty-five minutes. What the hell?!

“HEY! Anybody want to tell me what’s going on?!”, I finally shouted.
Immediately a panel in the slanted ceiling slid open and a voice said, “You’re done.”. Then the lights came on, blinding me for a minute, the door opened, and I was shown to the main exit.


Two days later I got a postcard with a picture of the clinic building on one side and on the other side was this note:

Lacks Initiative. Thanks for your interest. The job has been filled.


299-words

https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2022/11/09/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2022-week-46/

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday #35- A Brave and Visible Life

Coping. Is coping a positive thing or a treading water thing? I only just now wondered that. I suppose it depends on what’s being coped.

You should use the word in the title of this post as your inspiration as either a theme of the Sijo or in the poem itself.

There are:

  • Three Lines
  • 14-16 syllables per line
  • A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.



How brave the stalwart oak tree is to cope with elements.
A visible life grounded in indomitable purpose
Distinguished from the mouse that hides, avoids, and cowers unnoticed.






https://ronovanwrites.com/2022/11/09/ronovan-writes-sijo-wednesday-poetry-challenge-35-use-cope-as-your-inspiration-this-week/

Simply Six Minutes Challenge- 11/08/22- Together We Sing


Whew… this challenge asks us to write something, using the photo for inspiration, in only six minutes! (Give or take a tiny smidgen of time for edits.)


https://christinebialczak.com/2022/11/08/simply-6-minutes-welcome-to-the-challenge-11-08-2022/



Once upon a time, in the land of Ney, a new invention ruined everyone’s day.
It was a box that broadcasted ‘what abouts?” filling the natives with suspicions and doubts.
It told them their color was their crowning glory and for everything else they ought to be sorry.
The black, the white, Pinto, and brown decided, right then, to adjust their own sound.
So, with notes all different, their lyrics lost rhyme and with all diverse beats and measures not one could keep time.
Oh, those differences lacked an orchestral blend, so the citizens cried for the commotion to end!
Two brave horsey guys, before too long, came together on one common song.
Together they made such a sweet melody, the equine society tossed out every TV.
Today on that planet those horseheads remain, happily singing one united refrain.

WQW #42-The Mysterious Sense of Touch

Currently, this weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is at least one quote to go with your post. Share photos, and/or write a poem, story, or memoir. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.


Below is a photo I took of my oldest granddaughter (when she was just a toddler) while she was making friends with a wild frog at a little pond that we set up at our forest get-away location. It goes so well with the Mitch Albom quote below, I’ve nothing else to add.

If you could pack for heaven, this was how you’d do it, touching everything, taking nothing. – Mitch Albom




https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/11/02/wqw-42-the-mysterious-sense-of-touch/

The Sunday Whirl #577- A Difficult Offer to Refuse

yourself *guard *trust *pot *thought *kind *willow *breath *ego *focus *end *forgive



Dear Sir:
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We have an offer just for YOU today that could change your world. You’ll receive our first two New York Times best sellers absolutely FREE of charge in exchange for giving up your ‘bullying ways’ and growing a boatload of ‘pot‘. “Mellow minds are the most tolerant kinds!” is one of our favorite mottos.
Your first lovely gift is right up your alley. It’s entitled, “Selective Abortion: Eliminating Toxic Masculinity for Good” by Dev L. Spaun and the other one, which our organization promises will keep people like you on the edge of your seat, is, “How to Kill Off Opposition with a Smile” by Cora Rupt-Powers -Introduction by Hillary Clinton.
Thanks in advance as we don’t accept “No” for an answer.
Have a nice day!

https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2022/11/06/wordle-577/