Haiku Horizons prompt “castle” number 191

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt and link to your post by clicking on the image on their website.

by Teresa Smeigh October 2017

the castle was ahead

looming over the forest

drawbridge letting down

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com(no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

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My Daily Observation: 10/23/17

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It is supposed to rain all day in Charlotte; at times the rain will be severe.  I enjoy the rain because it’s like the Earth is getting a bath.  I love the smell.  I love the feel.  I love the sound of the water dripping.  It is refreshing.

There are moments when I stop and watch the rain.  I watch how people respond to water falling from the sky.  To me it is beautiful and I wish it would happen more often.

 

Inspiration Link Party

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Click below and get inspired!!

In an effort to continue to give back to the blogging community I want to host a bi-weekly Inspiration Link Party.  The rules are simple:

  1. Leave a link to an inspiring post or a link to an inspiring blogger that you enjoy and believe others will enjoy as well (not your own).
  2. Leave a simple note as to how the post or blogger inspired you and why you believe others might find value in reading.
  3.  Try to link to posts that offer up an inspiring story or maybe demonstrate incredible courage.  The idea is to share posts in one place that can become a one-stop-shop for inspiration!
  4. Reblog this post to get as much inspiration spread as possible!

It is easy to complain about what’s going on in the world.  Let us see if we can come together and shine our light on others!

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Today’s Featured Blog…Russel Ray Photos!

Russel Ray Photos

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Remember that if you come to San Diego for any reason and need a personal docent for the day, I’m always up for it. I often have free tickets to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They can be YOURS, free, just like I got them!

Yesterday I played docent for two old friends that I had not seen since 1983, other than Facebook, of course. Here are some pictures from our trip to the Zoo:

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Panda. Remember that these are not bears. Just pandas.
Panda

Baby monkey, although I don’t know what species.
Baby monkey

A female gazelle, looking very pregnant
and being checked on by her previous child.
Pregnant momma

Polar Bear enjoying the San Diego sunshine.
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Reindeer, but not Rudolph, obviously.
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Arctic fox. There were two of them yesterday. In 23 years of going to the San Diego Zoo at least once a month, and usually once…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Don Massenzio!!

Author Don Massenzio

art1-1022What does it take to write and publish a book? Fire in the belly

When I decided to write my book, many years ago, I was committed. I had what I called “Fire in the Belly.” That is what it took for me to stay with it. I had passion and conviction that the story was important. It was history that had never been public. I needed to set the record straight, and I believed in myself that I was the person to write it.

I had a lot of challenges, though:

Read the rest of this story HERE.


Close-up of man using typewriter with crumpled paper on deskSix Tips For Would-Be CEO Authors

Think you’ve got a book in you? Here are some guidelines for those who are thinking about writing a book from CEOs-turned-authors who have already been published.

Determine your goals: Simply gaining more visibility or advancing your company may be enough…

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Guilt, Innocence and Sarcasm

Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

The author of this essay is a 10 year old child who told her mom she’d washed her face when in fact she had not. Her mom “punished” her for lying by having her write an essay telling why she shouldn’t lie…

(this is a copy of the original essay- although it’s hard to read it -muddling through it is well worth the challenge for a good heart warming laugh—)

Our OBT for today–

 

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The guilt (she lied), the innocence (she just wants to play and to stay out of jail) and the sarcasm (47%- really?)

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My Daily Observation: 10/22/17

Danny

Opportunities sometimes only present themselves once and if you are not prepared physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally to receive that opportunity it might take years to find another route to your goal.  It is so important to be ready when a door opens and even more important to recognize the developing opportunity!

And I know there will be lots of doors opening throughout one’s life, but sometimes THE door opens and sometimes we are not prepared for the adventure.  Sometimes we are too scared to step through to the other side.  And often times we haven’t put in the work necessary to be prepared for that exact moment when that door opens.

Now, some will say a missed opportunity “wasn’t meant to be”.   But what if that isn’t always true?  It reminds me of this parable I heard when I was a kid:

A man was trapped in his house during a flood. He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God’s hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety. The water started to rise in his house. His neighbour urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety. The man yelled back, “I am waiting for God to save me.” The neighbour drove off in his pick-up truck.

The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision. As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof. A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground. They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety. He told them that he was waiting for God to save him. They shook their heads and moved on.

The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that he would be saved by God. The flood waters continued to rise. A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof. The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him. The helicopter left. The flooding water came over the roof and caught him up and swept him away. He drowned.

When he reached heaven and asked, “God, why did you not save me? I believed in you with all my heart. Why did you let me drown?” God replied, “I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat and a helicopter and you refused all of them. What else were you expecting?”

There are times in life when our vision of the road we will take to our goal isn’t what we expect.  And we turn down opportunities because we aren’t prepared mentally to recognize said opportunity.  Maybe we lack open-mindedness?

Maybe we get so locked in on what we want the future to look like that we have narrowed our vision and are only willing to “see” the road we want, not the road that might present itself that will get us where we want to go?

Just an observation on a quiet, cold Sunday morning…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Bound and Newly Found

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First thing’s first, let’s talk about how fast this summer has swung by. Life took over and the next thing I knew, I hadn’t blogged in months. College has me back in the rhythm of things and this fall weather is looking oh, so good. Hold your horses. It’s not boot season yet, folks.

So what have I been up to lately? Don’t worry, I wasn’t just lazing around all summer long on my couch binge watching Grey’s, as tempting as that sounds. I wouldn’t be putting this baby on the backburner if it wasn’t something big. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat (@rafafarihah), then you should know that I was spending my time as a news video intern at BuzzFeed New York. That’s right. New York City. You know, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of?

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Interning for my dream company was, well… a dream…

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