Share Your World — Well, Sort Of

This week Melanie, at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has a special Valentine’s Day edition of Share Your World. She’s calling it “Share Your Heartfelt World,” and, as she said, “This week, instead of gratitude/thankful for question(s), I’m asking romantic, squishy booby hug, possibly sappy and overly sugary QUESTIONS about love.”

Truth be told, I’m not really the romantic, squishy booby hug, sappy, and overly sugary type. I’m more of a practical, pragmatic kind of a guy. Hence, I’m going to opt out of her “heartfelt” questions and stick with her “matter of fact” ones. But if you’re interested in seeing her sappy, Valentine’s Day questions, click HERE.

So with that said….

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

As a retiree, my weekends last seven days. That said, our two grown kids are not retired and both work during the week. So weekends are the opportunity we have to spend some time with them, whether it’s heading to their respective neighborhoods or them coming to visit us.

Who do you admire most in the world?

Hmm. These days I don’t find too many truly admirable people. That said, I think that as a class of people, I’d have to focus on teachers. They are overworked and underpaid and are expected to shape the minds of our most precious possessions, our children. They should be much more admired — and valued — than they are.

 What do you regret not doing?

Not winning the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery.026DE52E-7C07-4F0E-8ED9-46794C3A2D68

If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or over/in it?

It depends upon what kind of footwear, if any, I have on. If I’m barefoot or wearing rain boots, I’ll definitely step in. Otherwise, I’ll step over or around it.

#JusJoJan — Finding Your Passion


13BB5B49-4F80-4541-853A-B5A5DF139EE5“So,” she said, “you’ve told me all about your job and what you do for a living, but you haven’t told me who you are.”

A work associate of Jason’s had given him Carrie’s phone number and urged him to call her. “She’s smart, attractive, and I can see the two of you really hitting it off,” he told Jason. Jason called her and she agreed to meet him for a cup of coffee.

Confused by her question, Jason looked across the table at Carrie, who was, as his friend had said, quite attractive. “I think I’ve told you a lot about who I am.”

“Not really,” she said, a warm smile gracing her face. “I want to know what makes you tick, what gets you up in the morning, what drives you, what moves you, what excites you, what it is that you’re passionate about.”

“I love my job,” Jason nervously responded. “My job is interesting and challenging. I really do get excited about getting up every day and going to work.”

“Okay,” Carrie said. “But other than your job, what gets your juices flowing? How do you like to spend your weekends?”

Her question made him realize that, outside of work, he didn’t do much. He spent most weekends at home, by himself, reading, watching TV, or going to a movie. Jason thought for a moment before answering, taking a slow, deliberate sip of coffee to give him some time to conjure up an answer.

“I have a blog,” he said. “And I’m really passionate about it.”

“Oh, that’s exciting,” Carrie said. “What’s your blog about?”

“My job, my work.”

Carrie looked at her watch and said, “Oh my, look at the time.” She stood up and reached out her hand. “It was very nice to meet you, Jason, but I just remembered that I have to be somewhere.”

Jason stood up and shook Carrie’s hand. “Can I call you again?”

“No, I don’t think so. But thanks for the cup of coffee,” she said as she walked toward the door.

“I’ve got to find my passion,” Jason said to himself.

Written for today’s Jot It Down January prompt from Linda G. Hill. The word is “passionate” and was proposed by Rosemary Carlson.