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SoCS- April 29, 2023 Being Happy

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yes.” Find a word that starts with “yes” or use the word “yes” as is. Bonus points if you start your post with the word you choose. Enjoy!

I’m saying “yes” to my own happiness today. I have to say it out loud now and then.
Once in a while, the weight of the world gets to be too heavy. Isn’t that silly? I’m not in charge of the world.
I can’t even decide what to make for supper most days. LOL
The good news is that I feel happy 98% of the time anyway. As critical as I am about “goings on”, I’m still pausing to dance every day and especially in the Spring, I’m planting seeds (which are metaphors for hope) more than ever.
Prayer has become important to me. It’s a reminder that I cannot take credit or have I any responsibility for stuff beyond my control. I’m not fond of those who feel prayer is the only answer to everything or an excuse to not take an active part in life. But prayer is a way to rest in comfort and recharge. There’s no chance expressing gratitude is ever wasted.
I pray y’all have a happy day. It’s going to be okay.

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Reena’s Xploration Challenge #275-Just Desserts

We have a picture prompt this week.

Finding themselves lost in the forest for a week, the desperately hungry and tired wanderers-possibly the only two survivors of a world-wide apocalypse- searched for sustenance.
Ralph and Jeanette were complete strangers saved by happenstance… or maybe divine intervention? They’d briefly heard the sirens when everything was engulfed in a blinding white light. BOOM!
However they’d gotten to the pristine natural setting in what seemed to be an enchanted forest, they were confident they’d never know. All they knew, after patting themselves from head-to-toe was that they each were uninjured and alone.
But shortly after their effervescent celebration of life, Ralph’s realization of their grim chances for long-term survival, made him determined and sober.
Jeanette was still dressed in designer clothes and decorated in lavish jewelry while Ralph luckily wore his many-pocketed work overalls that held a lighter and a few cutting tools.
He was able to keep them warm and create a shelter, but they’d seen no animals and eaten only a few sour berries since they’d gotten there. When Ralph finally fell to his knees and prayed, Jeanette, although weak, had the strength to mock him.

“Aww geez. You’re going to ‘wish’ for food now! Your God destroyed the world and you’re happy to praise him?”

“Jeanette, he knows our hearts and gives us our just rewards. Do you hear that?! Birds!”

They raced to the nearby clearing where a freshly dead small bird lay. A source of life sustaining protein at the ready.
Ralph offered it to Jeanette, but she brushed it off.

“Okay, I’ll play. Hey God, what I need is a large egg! Work your mumbo jumbo and bring me my heart’s desire! I’m starving!”
And, after a brief search, what she found in the nearby bushes, made her collapse to the ground and sob.

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Earthly Comforts Questions 2-5-23 The Art of Communicating

Rory has asked us 4 new questions. Let’s see where they take us.

Have you learned anything new about your personality that you didn’t know beforehand whilst on your blogging journey?

I’m quite familiar with my personality. I’ve had it all my life.
What I have learned from blogging is a better, more artful, way to communicate.

Some examples are:

Don’t use exclamation points unless you’re expressing excitement. Even then, keep the volume down. Exclamation points, when discussing emotionally charged topics make the reader feel as though you’re ‘hollering’ at them. At the very least, exclamation point use suggests you’re ‘losing your cool’.

When discussing any topic, it is wise to offer ‘What YOU think’ or ‘What YOU feel’ or ‘What YOU have noticed’ rather than suggest you have any idea why others have taken a ‘position’. We’re not mind readers, and no one (including myself) wants to be told what we’re thinking from someone who couldn’t possibly know.

Visiting my ‘inner child’ before I write makes for a more ‘unassuming’ write. Being genuine is a good place to start from in all things.

What are your last thoughts of the night before you turn your lights off, ready to sleep?

I offer a prayer of gratitude and ask for safety and comfort for my loved ones.

What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard anyone say, write, or blog about?

It probably wasn’t ‘what someone said’ that seemed ridiculous but, as I mentioned above, the reasons some people use for saying things can be entertaining. It usually comes down to that ‘mind reading’ technique. Those who suggest that certain people do things because ‘the writer’ knows what they think. News Flash: Try asking them. LOL
(Of course, in fiction and poetry, the writer DOES know what the subjects think because he created them.)

Sometimes the ridiculous comes down to those people who keep ‘drawing conclusions’ rather than examining a topic. For example: “People from the South are undereducated” or “All women like jewelry.” etc.

What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

“Not capable of” suggests a new skill rather than a new opportunity, to me. I am probably better at ‘listening to’ and ‘talking with’ others with whom I disagree. I truly want to keep them talking, as opposed to shutting them down or ‘educating them‘ (I loathe that last mentioned approach. 🙂 )
It’s not at all my job to correct anyone. My job is to curiously examine their words and thoughts in order to change or reinforce my own views. If I shut them down, I cannot learn and grow from the exchange.

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Six Sentence Story- Given the Chance


8:05 am- Daniel knew serious trouble was brewing on the crime ravaged side street and patted his holstered revolver beneath his shirt while speeding up to avoid the impending mayhem and get to work on time.

When he opened his eyes, he could see three EMTs frantically working on someone below him as he seemed suspended in midair.

The last thing he remembered was riding his bicycle along the city street and hearing a succession of fireworks? … no, gunshots!

A woman’s anguished scream drew his attention to a limp bloody baby being placed in tiny body bag while police formed a human perimeter holding back a gathering crowd.

He regretted immediately his reluctance to stop and attempt to protect the vulnerable innocent people who were caught unaware and unarmed, so he decided to strike a bargain and declared, “Lord, give me another chance to save that baby… I care not what happens to me but let me do what’s right!”.

8:06 am- Daniel knew serious trouble was brewing on the crime ravaged side street and patted his holstered revolver beneath his shirt while skidding his bicycle to a halt…

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Photo Challenge #363- The Power of Prayer

Use this image as inspiration for a poem or short story.

 Erik Johansson

It was so vividly real yet he was aware, in that dark corner of his psyche, it was a nightmare.
Jason’s Dad and older brother had each succumbed to their nightmares. Suicide was not going to be his rebuttal! This family curse was going end.

Jason decided to meet it head on. Each night before bed, he reminded himself that his stubbornness – once declared his biggest flaw by his ‘shrink’- would win the day.
The old mill clearly was a representation of his great-grandfather’s trade but there was never any water present. The drone of the dry wheel ‘eating up’ the Earth was deafening! Even within the dream, he held his head between clenched fists and screamed for it to STOP. Each time, as he fell into the abyss, he’d awaken hoarse and trembling.
Tonight… yes, tonight, he would not fall. He would not be afraid.

The sun made him squint as he walked the road to the mill. The big sky stretched to infinity in every direction… then he stopped. He felt an oddly familiar unease.
To his right, there was a solid mound and rooted long dead tree in the middle of the flatland. An anomalous formation for Kansas. Something told him to head for… RUN, to it!
He reached it as the earth shaking grind escalated and hung on to that tree with all his might while keeping his eyes trained on the Northern vista.
All he could think to do was pray like his mother had taught him as a child.
Then It began to rain and a river formed lifting him gently as he released his death grip.
He heard his mother’s voice just before he woke up.

‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;

The curse of his mental illness had been broken.


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Fandango’s Provocative Question 3/24/21

Do you think that there is any chance that the U.S. Congress will ever take decisivebipartisan action to pass and enact nationwide common sense gun laws to try and stem the tide of mass shootings, or is the best that the American Congress will ever do is to send thoughts and prayers to the families of loved ones killed in mass shooting incidents?
As leadingly biased (and overly simplified) as this question is, it brings up quite a good inquiry!

The question whether the vague concept of ‘common sense gun laws’ can be passed in Congress doesn’t tell us what the heck a ‘common sense’ law actually is and it assumes a federal law can be the most effective way of curbing any unwanted behavior. I ask you to refer to the laws against entering our country illegally, the laws about human trafficking, and the laws against many types of drugs. Not to mention the actual laws against murder, especially mass murder?
There are many, so many, layers to what the public ( and this question) has reduced to another either/or scenario of gun laws or gun violence. Pick one.
I could write all day and never express all the dynamics in play on the topic of guns in the U.S., so, I’ll just pick a few. Feel free to continue the discussion in my comments.

One size fits all and binary choices are hopelessly inefficient and unfair. In a country of over 330 million people, there are 330 million different situations. Oh, even when you place people in artificial ‘groups’ they always seep out where those groups overlap in all individual cases.
Nationwide gun laws won’t/can’t ‘stem the tide’ of mass shootings. We have gun laws already. Many aren’t even enforced and most are the first charges dropped in plea bargaining.
Imagine trying to stop speeding on the highways by lowering the speed limit every time there’s an uptick in that criminal act of speeding. Will that reduce the number of people who ignored the first limit or will it make more criminals out of already law abiding drivers who eventually get squeezed to a crawl?
Trying to stop gun violence by imposing new laws is the same useless method. The speeders obviously don’t follow laws in the first place and good luck snatching their licenses and fining them too. Those rules are up for grabs on the enforcement end in the courts. Tightening already existing laws with stiffer penalties and more thorough enforcement is the only reasonable way to proceed. ( Incidentally, speeding will NEVER stop happening altogether.)
So, NO, more gun laws is not a good idea especially because the ‘right’ to own a gun isn’t at all comparable to the ‘privilege’ of driving. Our Constitution guarantees it.
I could go on and on about the positives of an armed society of law abiding citizens but I don’t want to appear like I’m pleading a case, asking for permission, when infringing on our right to bear arms, under the pretense of helping anything in a common sense fashion, is already going too far.
As for the inept Congress, that problem can be solved with term limits. {period}
The entrenched and compromised have to go.
Finally, praying isn’t interfering with anything. To condescend about those of us who do, says more about the person who believes it’s at all a concern than those who hope it could help.
Yes, I think that prayers for stiffer local enforcement of gun laws IS the best Congress has to offer unless they want to turn their attention to efforts on dealing with mental illness, domestic terrorism, and gangs, instead of gun legislation. Those are the clearer culprits in mass murder and why I haven’t time to go in those directions.

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