Set It To Rights

I don’t believe in letting things fester so as far as relationships and people I am quite forthright when it comes to some sort of disagreement or misunderstanding.  I try to get along with everyone and if something comes up which might impede that sort of thought then I find a way to do my part to make it right.  I’m human, I can’t make everything right, so I’ve also learned to let it go if things can’t be resolved.  I can’t think of a time when things haven’t worked out both in relationships as you move on over a relationship and with work relationships and friends.

Allowing things to eat away at you actually eats away at every relationship you have.  It eats away at your ability to do a good job, eats away at the good friendships you have, eats away at a sense of order in life in general.

Now there is something I would fix — I’ve let my savings account goal slide and really need to play catch up.  I also don’t believe money is the source of my happiness.  I’ve always trusted that I will have what I need but I do believe I need to take more conscientious steps to be sure to have a cushion for the hard times.  I would set my savings account to rights!!

*Prompt 11 March: Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.  Set It To Rights

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Is 5 ever enough? – The Daily Post Circle of Five 2mar15

Circle of Five

The Circle of Five – in response to the Daily Post:  A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

The company we keep can certainly be said to be an influence on our personality and mannerisms.  We can’t always choose the company we keep (work, home, etc) but we can make a choice within the company we keep to bring something uplifting to our surroundings and be about positive change and outlooks rather than the negative ones.

In thinking of 5 people I would want to spend time with -well you’ll recognise them I think and maybe consider including them in your circle of friends.

The first one I would want to consider as a friend and always be sure is in my company is Love.  Love can be a friend like no other.  He/She is comforting, kind, forgiving and compassionate.  Love gives of his/her time and affections without thought of return or judgement.

Joy is another friend that I would have in my company.  Joy and Love must be closely related because it seems they are always side by side and happy.  I’ve noticed that Envy and Greed seem to go the other way when Joy and Love are around so I would have to say I would prefer to keep the door shut to the subtleties of Envy and Greed and not include them in the circle of five.  Patience is one whom I hope will be my lifetime friend.  Patience has qualities which I would love to constantly remember to embody.  Listening quietly, not rushing, or in  a sense of hurry, just peaceful and content.

Humility really seems like a great one to keep company with and one from whom much could be learned.  Humility needs no recognition, no atta-boys, because Humility is humble.  The Humility I would like to associate with is best friends with Conscientiousness.  Conscientiousness is meticulous at doing a good job and Humility and Conscientiousness work together unnoticed simply because they are doing such a great job there is nothing to notice.I don’t know that I would limit myself to 5 in this circle.  Honesty of course would be a staple within the circle.  Sincerity, likewise would always be welcome.  Grace, where would be without Grace?  Soul, the very essence of feeling and sharing would certainly make the circle of friends demonstrably approachable and inclusive of others.  There certainly must be so many others I would include in this circle… let’s keep it growing!

Community lost without swift response (Daily prompt use it or lose it)

Use It or Lose It

Communities are seeming like a lost art in the hustle and bustle of daily life in this ‘civilised world’.

How civilised are we if we don’t know our neighbours. Do you know yours?

We need one another all the time but sometimes it is only in an emergency when we truly feel and recognise the neighbourly love and care that could be felt every day.

harbor_ovrlkI’m grateful to live in a close nit community where we do know and care about one another on a daily basis. We have no security here, no emergency services within close reach. We do have one another and the care and compassion and challenges of this knowledge.

Use it or lose it is the subject of this daily prompt and I for one find that it relates to using or losing our sense of community. Love is meant to be shared and if we don’t use and express the love and caring for our neighbours and neighbourhood before you know it though we have people living next door we have lost our real neighbours and community.

It was a quiet night. Nothing out of the ordinary. I was at my computer working on some sort of mindless project or perhaps a mindful project… then I thought I heard the distinct sound of two cats at each others throats wailing their dominance. It was high pitched and brief but enough of a commotion in our quiet harbour community for me to go to my door and look out and listen … nothing. Nothing at all. My neighbour Ike in his boat berthed next to mine looked out at the same time and we commented that we had heard this commotion and then went back to our respective activities.

308266850_2404aab0e7_oWithin moments -we both heard it again. My view faced my neighbour, Ike so I was looking at one half of the harbour and his view looked the opposite way towards me and faced the other half of the harbour. This time the high pitched call remained long enough for us to hear it while we had our heads outside. Ike’s view suddenly brought perspective. He could see a few docks over and saw the flames erupting into the air as one of our neighbours floating homes was clearly on fire.

Ike yelled to me fire and we both immediately dropped what we were doing and raced out of our boats and over to the dock where the flames were engulfing the floating home. Seems at least 10 of us in the harbour had risen to the occasion and we were all scrambling to hook up hoses and get in position to battle the fire down. The emergency services had been called and were on their way but we are in a remote area and know that our first defense was in one another. I think we all felt the sense of emergency and the very real urgency. Wooden boats and docks are no match for an out of control fire so we could not let this fire get out of control.

I don’t think I ever really felt that we might never come back form this if not handled professionally and swiftly.  Somehow we are survivors out here so that frame of thought isn’t in the cards!

The fire had been started by a chimney fire and the residents of the house hadn’t even realised they were on fire till all the commotion began. They were still inside trying to round up their animals. My neighbour, Ike, had grabbed a few fire extinguishers from the dock and was inside the house dousing the flames at the source. Meanwhile our harbour master and owner Eric, had climbed up on the roof of the house and we had passed hoses to him so he could get the fire out from outside and keep it from spreading. With the team work on hand the fire was extinguished within probably 20 minutes though I think for all of us it felt more like a couple of hours.

firefighters2The fire department showed up in a timely manner considering our location and took over with the investigation and ensuring no further sparks etc. The fire department was there for a couple of hours probably but there were no more flames to extinguish and all was safe now.

The events related are true and took place about 12 years ago .. in 2002 or 2003

Clones have rights too!!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Clone Wars.”
If you could clone yourself,  how would you split up your responsibilities?

How would I split them up?  Really -the question is how to get out of being a clone and have some rights!!

As Bonny’s clone I am seriously hoping that this forum will find other clones in a similar dilemma as myself.  I am tasked with doing all the things Bonny doesn’t want to do.  When there is a wedding I have to go and make the appearance and as Bonny’s clone I can tell you I don’t like weddings or clonesfunerals any more than she does so why am I stuck doing these obligatory appearances.  Parties, crowds aren’t my thing either but guess what? Clones have no rights and I for one would like to stand up and be acknowledged as a real person and not a clone.  The problem is clones are without rights at all because everyone assumes they are talking with the real Bonny.  I want to shout out and tell them it’s all essentially just a joke and Bonny would never go out to a ballgame or a people infested event.

The thing is all of you know this!  You act surprised to see me so you know I shouldn’t be here in the middle of your crowd so certainly you wouldn’t miss me if I didn’t come.  How many years has the real Bonny avoided the family gatherings but I dread that I will be expected to go at the next planned event simply to make Bonny look good.

I know my words are in vain but if there is some other clone stuck with writing this task maybe we can band together and somehow be recognised as more than clones!  Maybe we can become the original and switch places!!

Clones have rights too!!