Tina was struggling to find balance in her life. She had great ambition and felt compelled to work hard, even though much of what she was tasked to do seemed to be activity for the sake of keeping busy. But she handled it all with great sangfroid.
She hated when her friends would pontificate, telling her that she needed to focus on things other than her work. What a nuisance they were. She also hated it when they called her “Tenacious-T,” a sobriquet they’d come up with for her.
But her job was one that could, at times, captivate her imagination. So screw them all. They just didn’t get it. Let them twitter their lives away. She was going to devote herself to her job so she could achieve great success and be able to afford the finer things in life.
Balance in her life? Ha! And who needs friends, anyway?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (balance), Daily Addictions (ambition), Scott’s Daily Prompt (activity), Mws R Writings Word of the Day (sangfroid), Word of the Day Challenge (pontificate), Weekly Prompts (nuisance), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sobriquet), and Your Daily Word Prompt (captivate).
“Well, what do you think?” Hanz asked.
“It’s not what I expected,” Helene said. “When you said you wanted to paint a mural on my wall, I was expecting something a bit more, shall we say, pastoral. More a reflection of the countryside.”
“But, Helene, I painted this in your honor. It’s an homage to you, my dear,” Hanz explained.”
“I’m flattered, of course,” Helene said, “but it’s a bit much, isn’t it?”
“No, it’s a masterpiece,” Hanz said.
“Well,” Helene said, “you’d better take a picture of it.”
“A picture? Why?”
“Because I’m going to whitewash over it tomorrow.”
Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
Both of these quotes from Albert Einstein are very similar to another quote I used for a previous One-Liner Wednesday post. That quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten,” is also widely attributed to Einstein, but according to my research, it was originally put forth by Jessie Potter, an educator and counselor on family relationships and human sexuality.
The point is, in all three of these quotes, that if you want to achieve a different result, you need to do things in a different way. Thinking like you’ve always thought, doing what you’ve always done, and acting like you’ve always acted will not get you anything different from what you’ve been getting. And if that’s your objective — to get a different outcome — then same ol’ same ol’ just doesn’t cut it.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.
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Welcome to September 5, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.
I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).
Today’s word is “balance.”
Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.
Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.
And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.