#Poetry ‘Dreams’ #Tanka Tuesday

This post was written in response to Colleen M. Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Theme Prompt ‘Dreams’. Join in and read other entries here!

A child is born,

The Universe throbs with new life, 

A dream has come true

Tall trees and glass walls witness

Miracles; baby’s birthday.

Pictures of the Frauenklinik in the Englishen Garten in Munich, where my grandson, Marcos, was born last July.

#ThursdayPhotoThoughts ‘White Swan’ #February2021 @Pixabay

White Swan

This is no black swan

Who was once a duck,

This is no mirror

Hanging on the wall,

This is no painting,

Seen in museums.

She’s a brave, white swan

Travelling alone

Towards the unknown,

Sure to overcome

Any sudden storm.

The queen of the seas

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Events that are difficult to predict but when they happen have an enormous impact are referred to by author, Nasim Taleb as black swans, in his influential book.

These low probability and high-impact events are unavoidable and are guaranteed to occur in our personal and collective lives.

I’m using the term, black swan, loosely to refer to any unexpected, sudden and negative personal events such as unemployment, illness, death, or collective experiences such as an earthquake or covid19.

These unforeseen events have happened and will inevitably strike again. If we are unprepared, there is very little we can do to stop the emotional and physical tsunami that threatens to bring us to our knees.

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But we can be prepared. By building three powerful mindsets we should work hard to develop: Faith, optimism, and adaptability, from an early age.

We must be prepared for unavoidable disasters by increasing our self-confidence and mental fortitude, cultivating a positive mindset, and creating a mental attitude of adaptability to change.

Sometimes I feel all our lives are a preparation to cope with black swans when they appear, because we know we will surely face more than one throughout our lives. As schools are more concerned with teaching facts, emotional growth is left to our personal initiative and our families.

I’m a great believer in the power of reading, reflecting, and meditation. I’m certainly feeling stronger and more prepared to face challenges since I have more time to think and meditate and read specific books on personal growth.

If you’d like to have a look at some of the books I’ve been reading follow the link below.

All pictures from pixabay and all thoughts my own, although I’m sure someone has already expressed some of them.

How do you cope with black swans?

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Image by ejausburg on Pixabay

Pixabay is a wonderful site where many generous amateur and professional photographers offer their photos at no cost (there are also photos you have to pay for). And Thursday, which is in the exact middle of the week is an ideal day to stop and reflect, so I’m grabbing one or more pictures and reflecting on whatever comes to mind. I’m not planning on stream-of-consciousness, because although it’s an unplanned post based on a random picture, I’ll edit my thoughts and words, because you’re worth it! I want you to read a pretty and polished post:)

#WritePhoto ‘Lucky!’ #FlashFiction #101words

The following Tanka was written in response to Sue Vincent’s weekly photo prompt. Join in or read other entries here!

Alice’s Lucky Day

Alice wasn’t enjoying the picnic.
Her cousins giggled and whispered behind her back until her mother made them include her in their games.
They grumbled and Chelsea said, “Count to a hundred, you’re It!”
Instead of chasing them, Alice wandered to the old stone bridge by the river.
Climbing down between the rocks, she heard a puppy whimpering and scratching its way out of a plastic bag floating in the deep waters.
When she returned, everyone fussed around her, waiting for their turn to hold the puppy.
“She’s called Lucky,” Alice told them, “because I rescued her on my lucky day.”   

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Photo from Pixabay

Happy weekend!

 

 

#ThursdayPhotoThoughts #Tanka ‘Beware of the Vampires’ #February2021 @Pixabay

This picture has taken me to a dark place I’m familiar with, but not fond of. I’m standing outside the doors to a dark castle inhabited by thirsty, blood-sucking vampires.

Some will suck your blood

And your dreams, if you let them.

Forgive and ignore,

They have their own sad journey.

You cannot change their flight path.

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I’m going to tell you three things I’ve learned about vampires. The first is the power of forgiveness.

The second is don’t let them convince or confuse you, and the only way is to ignore their negative words. They’re not your friends, they’re not there to help you, they’re out to help themselves to your precious energy, your lifeblood. But here’s the thing, they can’t take it if you don’t let them have it! You have what they need. Your dreams and enthusiasm are your superpower. Don’t waste it on them.

The third thing I know is that you cannot help a vampire. You may think it’s your duty to help them, and it would be if you could, but you can’t. They don’t want or need your help. They only want your blood.

Finally. I know each one of us has to follow our own dreams and plan our own routes to self realisation and discovery. That doesn’t mean we have to be selfish or obsessive. We should enjoy and share our journey, but ultimately our journey is as unique as each one of us and we owe it to ourselves to make sure we are ready for our final destination.

My final thoughts on dealing with people who bring out the worst in you, highlight your fears and insecurities, demean or criticise you, there’s only one thing you can do, and the sooner you realise this, the sooner you can continue on your own journey.

All pictures from pixabay and all thoughts my own, although I’m sure someone has already expressed some of them.

Do you know many vampires? 

How do you deal with them?

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Image by ejausburg on Pixabay

Pixabay is a wonderful site where many generous amateur and professional photographers offer their photos at no cost (there are also photos you have to pay for). And Thursday, which is in the exact middle of the week is an ideal day to stop and reflect, so I’m grabbing one or more pictures and reflecting on whatever comes to mind. I’m not planning on stream-of-consciousness, because although it’s an unplanned post based on a random picture, I’ll edit my thoughts and words, because you’re worth it! I want you to read a pretty and polished post:)

Feel free to join in! Grab the hashtag, photo and share your post in the comments. I’d love to read your thoughts.

Are there many vampires in your life? How do you cope with them?

#WednesdayMotivation ‘Good Morning, Sunshine’ #Tanka #MorningMeditation #Mindfulness

I’m currently reading The Gift: Twelve Lessons to Save your life by Dr Edith Eva Eger and the words I read this morning inspired me to write this tanka.

Good morning, Sunshine

Look in the mirror, 
Say, “I love you”
Promise, “I’ll never leave you.”
Smile and hug yourself,
Now wash your happy face,
You are ready.

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The Gift is indeed a gift of a book, to be read slowly and savour every word. I’m reading a few pages morning because I want to digest Edith’s wisdom slowly.

Here’s the paragraph which inspired me today. This is a piece of advice she gave a patient who was severely depressed.

“So start by getting up in the morning and going to the mirror. Look yourself in the eye and say, ‘I love you.’ Say, ‘I’m never going to leave you.’ Hug yourself. Kiss yourself. Try it!

And then keep showing up for yourself all day, every day.”

So easy and so incredibly powerful. Try it!

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Have a wonderful day!

You deserve it!

#WritePhoto ‘Blackbird, Learn to Fly’ #Tanka

The following Tanka was written in response to Sue Vincent’s weekly photo prompt. Join in or read other entries here!

Sue’s picture prompt reminded me of the Beatles‘ song Blackbird, so here’s the Tanka inspired by both the song and the picture.

Blackbird, Learn to Fly

Crow perched on dry branch
Must mend broken wings to fly
All your life waiting
for this moment to be free
Longing to glide far away 

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Insecure Writers Support Group #IWSG ‘Blogging Friends’ #bookbloggers #amwriting @SCVincent

This post was written in response to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group monthly (first Wednesday of every month) blog hop to where writers express thoughts, doubts and concerns about our profession. By the way, all writers are invited to join in!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise – Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

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February 3 question – Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

When I started blogging in November 2013, I had no idea what I was doing! I had heard of blogs, of course, and I’d probably read some blog posts, but I’d never even thought of starting one.

An online writer friend I met through Goodreads told me every writer should have a blog, so I started looking into what blogs actually were and decided to give it a go, and I’m really glad I did.

Blogging and interacting with other bloggers has helped me improve and develop my writing career by improving my craft through writing blog posts and creative flash fiction, showcasing my writing and sharing opinions and work with other readers and writers. It has given me a window to the world and a direct connection to other readers, writers and bloggers.

I’ve met a lot of bloggers along the way, and there are a few who I consider my ‘blogging friends’. But first I’d like to briefly reflect on the term ‘Blogging friend’. What is a blogging friend?

My blogging friends share many characteristics of the friends I see face to face. They are both supportive and friendly, which means I can ask them for help and advice on the topics that brought us together, in my case, mainly books and writing. We often share other personal opinions and some aspects of our private lives, too. We regularly read and comment on our posts and our projects. I feel as if I know them, so if I ever physically met them, I’m sure we’d chat away about our common passion and everything else we could think of!

The only thing blogging friendships lack is physical interaction and after this epidemic, when 95% of the contact I have with friends and family is online or on my phone, I’d say physical contact is overrated!

Sue Vincent: A Very Special Blogger

Talking about blogging friends, I’d like to introduce you to a very special blogging friend, who she has thousands of followers and blogging friends and is well-loved by many bloggers: Sue Vincent.

I ‘met’ Sue in 2017 when I first took part in her weekly photo prompt challenge on her blog called #Writephoto.

#Writephoto is a great challenge because there is no word or genre limit, just a picture prompt to take you wherever your thoughts go!

Sue is a very supportive host who comments on all entries and reblogs as many as she can every week.

She has three Websites where she shares her poems (And I love her #midnighthaiku) flash fiction, short stories, guest posts, poetry, books, etc.:

Daily Echo

France & Vincent

The Silent Eye

Sue is struggling with a serious illness at present read more about that here, so she could do with love and support from the blogging community to which she has contributed so much over the years.

Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch Literary Community, another supportive online writing and blogging community, is organising The Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic, including a Flash Fiction Event to celebrate and support Sue. Read all about it in H. R. R. Gorman’s post on behalf of the Rodeo Organization Team and take part.

Find out more about Sue here

Finally I’d like to share a poem I wrote this morning. Hoping you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

 

#WednesdayMotivation ‘Be Still’ #Tanka #MorningMeditation #Mindfulness

I’m currently reading Mindfulness: an eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, and I’m doing their recommended One-Minute Meditation throughout the day. This Tanka is what happened this morning, immediately after my one-minute meditation.

Image from Pixabay

Be Still

Watch grey clouds drift past,
wave goodbye, smile at blue sky
Sail on quiet lake,
Breathe, be still,
Welcome new day,
All is calm,
I am ready.

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You may think a minute is not enough, but I assure you it is. And one minute, several times a day adds up, so that some of the one-minute meditations will gradually become five-minutes or more. Priceless minutes during which we can be still, breathe and connect with ourselves. Try it! Follow the simple instructions below.

This ia a really simple one-minute meditation anyone can do at any time of the day, although I recommend you try it first thing in the morning, and regularly throughout the day, especially, but not only, when you may feel stressed.

Here’s how it goes:

1. Sit erect in a straight-backed chair. If possible, bring your back a little way from the rear of the chair so that your spine is self supporting. Your feet can be flat on the floor. Close your eyes or
lower your gaze.
2. Focus your attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Stay in touch with the different sensations of each in-breath and each out-breath. Observe the breath without looking
for anything special to happen. There is no need to alter your
breathing in any way.
3. After a while your mind may wander. When you notice this,
gently bring your attention back to your breath, without giving
yourself a hard time—the act of realizing that your mind has
wandered and bringing your attention back without criticizing
yourself is central to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
4. Your mind may eventually become calm like a still pond—or it
may not. Even if you get a sense of absolute stillness, it may
only be fleeting. If you feel angry or exasperated, notice that this
may be fleeting too. Whatever happens, just allow it to be as it
is.
5. After a minute, let your eyes open and take in the room again.

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The key is focussing on your breathing, trying to ignore any negative feelings, but if they appear, that’s fine, watch them drift away away across the sky like a cloud, and then see the blue sky and still lake they leave behind.

Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself. You are worth it. You are enough. You are ready.

Picture from Pixabay

Have a wonderful day!

You deserve it!