My Madison Valley Writers’ Group meets every first and third Friday. We begin with a free write for about 15 minutes – prompted by a topic drawn out of a bag. I have the bag and members are invited to add topics to it whenever they are inspired to do so.
Arriving five minutes late yesterday, I forgot the bag… so our topic was “Stream of Consciousness.” We were invited to write about whatever was on our mind.
Here is what I wrote:
Life is a series
Of highs and lows
It’s full of surprises –
Some hugs and some blows.
As long as we’re able
To roll with the punches,
Life gives us roses
And blessings in bunches.
It’s when we are stiffened
By pain and cruel people
That life knocks us over
And we topple from the steeple
Of security and safety
That we have always had.
So send those folks back out
And come back to being glad.
Life is a series
Of questions with too many insults
Unless we learn to toss away
The negativity for positive results.
So, set your mind on “Happy.”
Let that sad emoticon disappear
And remember when you need a hug,
I’m always ready … always here.
Throw out the old boxing gloves.
Don’t return blows in life’s fight.
Just give back love and grace –
And keep your spirit ever bright.
It’s not Pollyanna thinking.
It’s possible – even probable – I know,
Because I practice that love daily.
It’s where I get my inner glow!
… and so do I!
See ya tomorrow
If you had a chance to do a free write
on a stream of consciousness right now,
what would your topic be?
Recently I saw this posted on FaceBook:
One FB reader responded to this post by writing, “Hmmm. Sometimes no words are needed. If in public hold child sideways around their middle (so feet and arms can’t wack you) and calmly walk out and go home. Child quickly learns after this is done several times that this behavior means going home without the fun or the goodies. (Best advice a pediatric doctor gave me). Even if it means leaving a cart full of groceries in the store.”
Another reader said it applies to toddlers and the elderly!
I said I think some of these may apply to us ALL!
Ask Me Any Day
- How may I help you?
- Are you okay?
- Why are you feeling sad (angry – hurt – upset – etc.)?
- Can you tell me what happened?
- Do you need a hug?
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We’re never too young or too old to be treated with compassion. I ALWAYS need a hug!!
The ROCKITMAMA.COM post suggested this positive language might “tame a temper tantrum.”
I suggest it might avoid one, too. And – regardless of the age – it might help avoid hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and callous attitudes.
I will try always to use positive language in the face of agitation.
How about you?
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
See ya tomorrow.
Day #8 of A – Z “What Makes Me Happy?”
Invitation to my heart
Blessed happy home
Yes, I love sharing
My lovely, welcoming home
All times of the year
Give heavenly hugs
Because the world needs more of
Pure and loving touch
Haiku, home, hospitality and hugs make me happy.
Check out this darling YOUTUBE of generous hugs!
What is your “H” word that makes YOU happy?
An Unexpected Angel
Had dinner with us
The Unsuspecting Guests
Met him and his smile
With no arms
He hugged with
How could this
Angel live inside a
Deformed little boy?
Inside us all.
He reminds us
To look –
Not on the outside,
Each Living Book.
Are Living Stories.
Open yours wide
So you can be
An Unexpected Angel
Spreading God’s love
It’s true… his name was Francisco. We call him Chico. A child whose mom may have unsuspectingly taken thalidomide, causing her baby’s limbs not to form normally, he is from Ecuador. Here for medical treatment, living with a host family of Unexpected Angels, Chico is a blessing to all who meet him. His smile spreads from ear to ear. His joy is contagious. His language is Spanish and his English is limited, but the common words necessary to understand God’s message here are spoken with the heart. Ah yes, love conquers all! Open your arms with a renewed sense of awareness today – and spread God’s love joyfully!
My blog’s subtitle is “Love One Another.” I have not seen a story that exemplifies this concept quite like Tim Harris’ story written by Andrea Kelly and videotaped on http://www.thehandwrittenlife.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/inspirational-monday-2/
Check it out and be prepared to give a high-five and a hug to the next person you see. Oh ya!!!!!