Weekend Writing Prompt # 269- Variation- What Matters?


The mother smothered her terrified baby in her bosom and sobbed right after the Good Samaritan, who had caught him, regained his balance.
Murmured reactions to the two-story fall had many variations.
“She’s probably on drugs.”
“Toddlers can surprise the best of us.”
“The landlord should be sued!”
But the only reaction that mattered was from that stranger who had raced to the rescue then moved along.

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Simply 6 Minutes- 1/25/22- Reconnected

This prompt asks us to create a story -using the photo- in only six minutes.
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Jasmine leaned against the tree drinking in her view of the breathtaking mountains. Soon, her real-time vision clouded and was replaced with images from legends her grandfather had told her.
The mountain became a living history based on ancient wisdom. Spirit guides came into focus offering her a grander view of life. All became so crystal clear! She was insignificant but vital to a connected universe… part of a larger plan.
When the eagle’s shadow crossed her face, she awakened. Her worried heart had been replaced with a calm, and balanced, soul.

Survival: A Balancing Act

The Olympics made me consider the age old formula of having balance in our lives. Even our food choices are best when there is balance. The Olympians were outstanding! Yet, I always wonder about their “inner” health when I realize how much of their existence is focused upon a few days, sometimes seconds, of time.

So, I created a chart of what, I believe, is true of life for human beings. As I was creating the chart, I couldn’t help but think of examples of extremes. As for Olympians, they are dedicated people who make sacrifices that I do not understand but who make me endlessly proud.

First, and foremost, our need is for survival. Whatever we do, survival comes first because everything else simply counts upon it.

There is wealth. I define wealth as anything tangible in excess of what we need to just survive. We all want comforts and wealth is not a bad thing at all. Wealth makes for prosperity and, often, longevity. You may call wealth, “comforts and currency”. Greed is at the center of those who lopsidedly surround themselves in wealth but no one should be ashamed of pursuing wealth. Wealth inspires innovation and progress which, most often, benefit humankind. We can easily name world leaders and professionals who specialize entirely in the pursuit of wealth and they are, in my mind, detrimental to us all.

There is discovery. It could be subtitled adventure. Ah, what would science be without the hunger to discover. Many of our forefathers came to this country from the need to discover. And we continue to question and learn everyday of our lives from the engrained human impulse for discovery. The Olympians fall primarily into the “overindulging in discovery” crowd. Their mission is to discover the limits of the human body and to test its endurance. Although many of them become wealthy, I believe that their excessive commitment belongs to a zeal for personal discovery. On the down side, scientists who ignore the ethics of scientific study are guilty of placing way too many “eggs” in the discovery “basket” and are my example of a dangerous group. I think arrogance is their primary motivation but greed also plays a role.

Finally, there is enlightenment. Religion and philosophy are the tools in this search for answers. Most often religion and philosophy are at the center of what separates us from our id of savagery. Generosity, forgiveness, and introspect all come from our search for enlightenment. When enlightenment outweighs the two previously mentioned needs, we have the jihad. Holy wars even misplace the human need to survive. Suicide bombers seem the best current example of the danger to humankind from weighing too heavily upon enlightenment.

So balance is still the key to the “good life”, and in my estimation, the spread of imbalance is a direct danger to our survival.

Tipsy Does it…Egg Story

                                                                                                                                

My mommy tipped the eggs out.

They dropped upon the floor.

She couldn’t see it coming,

As they balanced on the door.

I feel I should have warned her,

I saw her put them back.

The ones that were leftover,

She forgot to stack.

If eggs are all together,

  Don’t  fill the end of crate.

“Cuz they’ll be spilling  over,

Next time you’re running late.

Balance is that something,

You’d think our parents knew.

Keep eggs right in the middle, folks,

Or you’ll be cleaning too.

NBGN

“To everything in life there must be a balance.”

I’m sure that everyone has heard that, in one form or another. I’ve also realized that if one listens to sad music too long, they get sadder. Even too much happy “Barney the Purple Dinosaur” music can keep us from considering the real ugly things that do exist. So with this in mind, I propose a Nothing But Good News channel. The NBGN would be a way to get away from what’s wrong with the world and a chance to rediscover what is right, kind and exceptional about humankind.

We should not replace the evening news BUT a little balance would be good for our spirits. I think the single biggest problem today is the feeling of doom and hopelessness. There are so very many great things going on. Our kids are not ALL spoiled, our country is not SO divided that we cannot come together and our hearts are not THAT bitter when we realize how generous we can be with our neighbors in need.

The advertising on that channel would prohibit:

  • Lawyers looking for lawsuits.
  • Doctors offering plastic surgery solutions and anti-aging products.
  • Any messages from specific religious or political groups.

The programming would have an interest in the positive natural human condition, how we are all alike, and anything that concerns family togetherness, healthy choices,  and sharing. Pointing out our differences would be positive and informative.

“All I needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten.”  Such a poignant statement.

Wouldn’t it be grand for kids to see more examples of our goodness, as a balance to , what frightens and angers us?  I know they are watching and listening.  Makes me cringe when I consider the kind of messages they must be receiving from the News channels alone.   It’s gotta be pretty scary for kids these days.  Hope we can find many ways to add more optimism to their view of the future world. I think a Good News channel would be a fine start.

Balance

Too much running makes you tired.

Too much sugar gets you wired.

Too much sleep may make you lazy.

Too much sun your eyesight’s hazy.

Too much plant food, there’s no fruit.

Too much spending, out of loot.

Too much TV ‘s not the way,

To spend a happy, healthy day.

Too many think that more is less.

Love’s the only good excess.

 Balance things and you have won.

 Life is best not overdone.