Share Your World — Judgmental Mirrors

SYWMonday is Melanie’s Share Your World day. She asks questions about us so we can share our answers with the world.

What happens if you stare at the mirror for too long in the dark? (Credit to Ursula of An Upturned Soul. If you haven’t read Ursula’s blog, go over and just wade in and enjoy. To me she’s fascinating and what she writes about is always worth the journey.)

If it’s dark? I probably won’t see much of anything if it’s dark, would I? So I’d turn on the light, look in the mirror, and wonder when it was that I became so old looking. Then I’d go take a nap.B4085D21-FA7C-42B0-84BF-BD595A482C57

Do you think you’re judgmental? What tends to bring it out in you? (Credit to Ashleyleia for this one.)

Of course I am. Who isn’t judgmental? You make judgments about everything all the time…what foods you like to eat, books you like to read, movies or TV shows you choose to watch. You’re judgmental about people…do you enjoy their company, are they nice, friendly, empathetic, sincere, genuine? We all make judgments, large and small, nearly every day of our lives.05C9F691-5C65-4562-B6F2-55C70C310B69

Do you work better with actual lists or with mental lists? (Credit to Sadje of Keep it Alive.)

Given that my mind is like a sieve these days, if I don’t put it on a list, it doesn’t get done.

Would you go streaking across a football field during a game for a million dollars (insert your own country’s currency), knowing there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get arrested for indecent exposure? (This one is mine. Yeah, my mind wanders to some highly strange places sometimes.)

For a million bucks? You bet your sweet, naked butt I would.

What has happened in your life that made you feel uplifted and happy, if only temporarily?

Whenever my favorite sports team (baseball, football, basketball) wins a championship. Woo hoo!0635C986-7EA6-42D1-88C9-35C777B1710A

Share Your World — About Life, Death, Beauty, Morality, and Perfection

SYWMonday means Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Today our host has become quite philosophical in her questions. She wants us to talk about the living and the dead, about beauty and morality, about technology and emotions, and about perfection and gratitude. A tall order, indeed!

Anyway, let’s do this!

Why do we seem to respect the dead more than the living?

I don’t respect the dead more than the living. I respect what people accomplish (or accomplished) and the manner in which they live (or lived) their lives, living or dead.10F97ABA-FC27-4699-9CD7-4A7C3A826D3A

Why is beauty associated with morality?  Or not?   (a few weeks back I asked a similar question, but the key word was MORTALITY, not MORALITY).

I hate to be argumentative today, but I don’t associate beauty with morality. Physical beauty has more to do with appearance than with positive actions or good deeds. In fact, so-called “beautiful people” often have advantages in life not available to those whose appearances are less attractive and, therefore, may be less empathetic. So, in my opinion, beauty and morality are unrelated. 

Have gadgets and apps taken away emotions?

Huh? What do gadgets have to do with emotions? As to apps, I think that social media apps, especially Twitter, have intensified emotions, as people who use those apps tend to feel freer to express strong, especially negative, emotions as they hide behind the anonymity and the distance those types of apps provide. These social media apps have also reduced face-to-face human interactions to a great extent.48F6CE61-0B8C-4D5D-8A7E-A5DD7F646B01

Is there a perfect life? What’s your version of a perfect life if you care to share?

For something to be perfect it must be free from flaws or faults. Life doesn’t work that way. No person is perfect; no life is perfect. True perfection is an unrealistic goal and attempting to achieve a perfect life can only set one up for disappointment and frustration.

If you’d like, please share something uplifting or for which you are grateful.

I’m grateful for this perfect life that I am leading. 😏

Share Your World — In the Summertime

SYWIt’s Monday and that means it’s Share Your World time. Each week, Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, posts four or five questions that promote sharing a little bit about ourselves with each other. You should try it if you haven’t already done so.

Are you a summer person? A winter person? Or does one of the other seasons suit you best?

I’ve always been an autumn person. I love the clean, crisp, cool air of the autumn. And it just so happens that where I live, in San Francisco, there’s really little difference between seasons. Today’s high, for example, is expected to be around 60 degrees. Winters here are usually only 5-10 degrees cooler and are a little wetter than in the summer. But typically, the sunniest and warmest weather in San Francisco is in the autumn.

What is your favorite summer time clothing?

Due to what I said above, my wardrobe doesn’t change much with the seasons. And since I’m retired, it’s made up mostly of jeans, sport shirts, and sneakers.

Do you find yourself eating out more during the summer? Or making ‘cold food’ like salads and stuff you can heat in the microwave?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, given that there’s not much of a difference in the seasons where I live, my eating habits don’t change all that much from one season to the next.

Do you like watermelon? What’s your favorite summertime treat?

Who doesn’t like watermelon? It’s sweet and refreshing.EE73C832-F3D6-4804-B45D-CA7AECBFD796

Are you thankful it’s finally (sorta) dry and warm?

It is drier here now than it is in the winter, which is considered to be our “rainy” season, but we still have fog nearly every day in the morning and at night in June and July, so I wouldn’t use the words “dry and warm” to describe summer’s in San Francisco.

Share Your World — Mind Your Manners

SYWEvery Monday morning, Melanie, Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gives us an opportunity to share a little bit of ourselves with everyone else. Here is today’s Share Your World from Melanie.

Would (or do) you stop to help (presumably) stranded folks by the side of the road?

Yes I would, and yes I have. I would hope others would do the same for me.

Do you think the world is less mannerly today than in past times OR are we just more touchy and manners are as they’ve always been?

“Past times” could include some pretty “stuffy” and/or rigid times, so, yes, people don’t practice the same manners or social etiquette as the did in, say, Victorian times. I think we are much more relaxed today than in the past, and while I support being respectful and courteous, some so-called “manners” from yesteryear were sexist or stupid. I mean should a man be expected to put his coat over a puddle to allow a woman to walk over it so as not to get her shoes wet anymore?2B9BA211-C4F2-422D-8595-23A6A2008A4C

What happens if you’re scared half to death, TWICE?

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

If ALL the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit?

If all the world is a stage, then we are all actors and we are on the stage with everyone else. It’s a bit crowded and it smells bad.

Share Your World — Here’s What I Think

SYWMonday means Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) and her world famous Share Your World prompt. She poses four or five different questions each week and throws them out to us to answer. So let’s get this show on the road.

Are you more a thinker or a doer? (Credit to Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove for this one)

As I responded to Cyranny when she asked this question, I think a lot about doing, but most of the time, I think more than I do!

Why is beauty associated with mortality?

Hmm. I never really associated beauty with mortality. But then I think of mortality as the inevitability of death. But I suppose beauty can also be associated with impermanence. In my experience, however, real beauty is enhanced with age. Sure, there is beauty in youth, but that kind of physical beauty isn’t what makes someone beautiful. It’s what is on the inside of people that makes them beautiful. At least that’s what I keep telling myself now that I’m an old fart.

If everyone spoke their mind (told the literal truth), would this world be a better place?

Well, if you think the world would be a better place without human beings, then yes.

Can religious beliefs affect scientific thinking?

Now THIS is a provocative question. The process of scientific thinking involves skills such as observing, comparing, sorting, organizing, predicting, experimenting, evaluating, and applying. It’s all about evidence. Religious beliefs are dependent upon one thing — faith. Now I’m not suggesting that religious beliefs and scientific thinking are mutually exclusive. It’s just that those with religious beliefs are not applying a scientific thinking process to those religious beliefs. And that’s fine. There’s plenty of room for both religious beliefs and for scientific thinking. The former deals in the spiritual world, whereas the latter focuses on the natural world. It’s when religious beliefs attempt to stifle scientific thinking (or vice versa) that the trouble begins.

Share some gratitude in photo, written form, or song.

What better way is there to show gratitude than to share a song titled “Thank You”?