One-Liner Wednesday — Bridging the Gap

“Every person has to come to terms — even if just for themselves — with the gap between what they believe and how they live their lives.”

Courtney E. Martin, American feminist, author, speaker, and social and political activist


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Cali Godley

Time To Change My Life

Were I to take a snapshot of my life
A selfie
The picture I’d see would be underwhelming
With a distinct lack of diversity
Little variation
Day to day
Week to week
Month to month
Year to year
Nothing even remotely kitschy
Mostly just drab
Dull
Repetitive
Nondescript
Timelessly boring
A pantomime of living
I need to foster change
To find excitement
Adventure
To be alive once again

(Exactly 67 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “variation.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (snapshot), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (underwhelming), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (diversity), Your Daily Word Prompt (kitschy), Word of the Day Challenge (timeless), My Vivid Blog (pantomime), and The Daily Spur (foster).


E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Life and Positivity

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Life and Positivity.”

1. What are the greatest attributes about you that make you feel good about yourself?

I’m me! What’s not to feel good about that?

2. What is/are your biggest motivation/s to get things done?

No question that my wife is my biggest motivation to get things done. Because, you know, happy wife, happy life.

3. Do you have any tips that could help others with their own motivation?

Marry someone like my wife. She’s a great motivator.

4. As you are sitting there reading this question, observe the area around you. What item in your home/work/car (wherever you are) made you smile when you observed it?

Our new rescue dog, who’s been with us for ten days.

What always makes you laugh and smile in your life?

My toddler grandson and infant granddaughter.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #157

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Shit happens. No matter how hard we try, we can’t stop certain things from happening. We can’t always control what is going on around us and, therefore, we can’t totally control what is happening in our lives. In fact, there is a growing body of research in neuroscience suggesting that we aren’t really in charge of our lives, at least to the degree we think we are.

Yet one of our basic human needs is a sense of control, to know that we have a choice, that our actions make a difference.

Given the matter how much control we have over our own lives, my provocative question this week is…

Looking at your own situation, how much of your life is formed by things that are outside of your control versus things that are within your control? Please elaborate to the extent you feel comfortable.

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