Bury the Past

What is gone is gone.

what is past is past.

Why do we linger on the things we do not have?

We tend to get stuck.

In this awful rut

of self-loathing and despair.

We focus on too much of what we did

instead of looking forward to what we are going to do.

We stall progress by being over critical

of things we cannot help anymore.

It is gone,

it is buried beneath time past

and cannot be dug up again.

when we change our mindset

to look towards the sky

we tend to achieve more

thank just looking down,

back

or behind.

Meddle

Nowadays meddling has become an issue, much more than in the past. The crazy thing about is though, we allow it, and we make it easy for others to get into our business. Now I’m not all for having a ton of secrets but everyone doesn’t need to know every aspect of my life. Many of us give out all this information freely without even realizing it. Once you start posting every little thing you are doing online, whether it is Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you are inviting total strangers into your everyday life. People are naturally nosey and want to know your business so they will follow what you do because it is like catching up on the latest gossip. I bet there is someone out there that knows your daily routine better than yourself, and I would put money on it that you have no idea who.

With the internet making an abundance of information easily accessible we really need to pay close attention to what we post and publish for all to see. If you care about your privacy at all it might be best to skip on “checking in” to every single place you visit, posting when you are off to work and then on your way back home. Honestly, if you really want to protect your privacy, keep all your information off the internet if you can. There are those of us, actually, most of us including bloggers that put our information out there so that we may reach and relate to our target crowds, or we have social media accounts to “stay in touch” with distant friends and family. Those who are actively engaged online needs to keep their security of information in mind because you never know who may be following you.

On a side note, don’t post anything to social media that you wouldn’t be willing to show your boss or future boss because let’s face it. More than likely they will do a google search on you to see what you are like if the job market is competitive enough. People are under this facade that they are invisible online, that they are protected and safe because they are just behind the keyboard. Well being behind the keyboard on a computer is just the same as posting flyers everywhere with your name on it, and it could cost you something great. Stay safe my friends. Don’t Meddle.

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Advice to College Graduates Contemplating the Writing Life

This is written for college grads but I feel that it can apply to anyone wanting to write for a living, or just write for themselves. Great article!

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sandramillerBy Sandra A. Miller

Make lattes at the bookstore café or bag groceries at the Stop ‘n’ Shop. Give the job some muscle and love, but not every moment of your writing time. Or find a position that taps your talent in exchange for a sizable salary. Eat well. Drink well. Don’t think of this as a right or wrong choice, but you’ll soon enough learn what you hunger for.

Or, like me, pack a bag and move to Japan where you can write through the night in your lonely apartment with Hemingway novels scattered across a blonde straw floor. An eager student will teach you the word for rising sun, Asahi, which, in turn, you will whisper to your lover at dawn, the one who fills, then breaks, your heart, leaving you alone again with nothing but your notebook. Write! Write! Blur the ink with tears as you journey…

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Stained Shirts and Smudged Makeup

Have you ever thought to yourself, ” I look great in this suit or dress.”? Have you ever felt that when you dress up that you are more confident and successful? It is a proven fact that when you put more time into yourself, you will feel better about yourself. When we work on getting our makeup perfect when that tie is tied just right and your hair is held in place exactly where you want it, and when you look in the mirror and see something so perfectly put together you just can’t help but to smile. Our confidence goes up and sometimes our ego as well. We are ready to take on the day…or night. What happens though when we spill that red wine on our white undershirt or smear the makeup on our face? What happens to our confidence? One little mishap and we feel far from confident. We feel embarrassed, shamed and we start to hide from others as we retreat to the bathroom or another private place in order to try and salvage what we have left. Makeup can be fixed, and a stain can be lifted, as long as you are prepared for it. Now as this applies to the literal sense of what I am saying I am trying to convey a deeper meaning in what I write.

You see in life we are preparing ourselves to be the best we can be, we get excited, a little bit nervous, and when we feel like we are done preparing ourselves we feel relief, joy, and excitement. Take a college grad for example, no, in fact, let’s start with a high school grad. During the 4 years of high school, you are preparing yourself for the adult world that exists beyond the classroom doors. You have projects and homework and studies. Those who put a good effort into those things graduate near the top of their class, and these are the people to look up to. Nevertheless, everyone who has graduated has at least put in the bare minimum to graduate. So you did it, you graduated. You are ready for the world. Everything is awesome and new and you feel like you accomplished something great! You can go about your life with your head held high but then your makeup smears. You have to find a job if you don’t already have one, or you start college. I’m not going to go into the other option of doing neither because I’m not discussing dependant people today. You get hit with the hard decisions of being an adult, and actually, some choices like college or job are given to you before you graduate.

If you are not prepared to make these choices it can have an everlasting impact on your life. Situations can arise that will put off any plans you have made. College-bound people can struggle to find financial aid, or they have to put in extra time in the junior college before they attend university. Other that choose to work may be going into a tough job market and can’t find work for the better part of the year. Whatever it is the stain on your shirt has to be dealt with. Some will throw the shirt way, and some will treat the stain, some will get the stain out, and some will set the stain in never to be removed. To throw the shirt away is to abandon your original plan and to go a different direction, to treat the stain is to try and amend your situation to make it better, if the amendment works the stain is lifted and you continue with your plan, if the stain is set then you have another choice, continue with the stain or change shirts.

To continue with a stain is to learning to live with something that cannot be changed and accepting it as is. Changing your shirt is accepting the fact that some things will not change and that you have to change your plans to pursue something different. I give the example of high school grads but it applies to everyone, kids, high school grads, college grads, working adults with a degree and without.  We can’t go through life stain free, it just won’t happen, so we need to prepare, not just initially for the night but for the chance that we smudge our makeup, or stain our shirt because we never know what life will throw at us. What defines us as a person is what we do in the face of adversity.

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Natty

You Owe YOU!

Or as Nike says “Just do it.” You are the only one truly holding yourself back from living the life you want to live. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be struggles along the way but the only one who can overcome those struggles is you.

SKYLARITY

How should the Universe respond to you based on your decision not to leave your mark of excellence on the world’s consciousness? How many perfect opportunities will you miss even as you search for the right opportunity?

How many more self-help books will you read before you finally accept your birthright—a destiny forged in greatness? How many more personal development seminars will you attend before you realize that the phenomenal life you are seeking is also seeking you? How many more motivational videos will you watch before you accept that you already possess the gifts, talents and skills to bring your lifetime dream to fruition? 

How long will you continue to overthink, get worked up and entertain self-doubt and worry? How long will you remain in a state of anxiety and uncertainty over problems that will never materialize? How long will you worship at the altar of other people’s success rather than create…

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Honey bees are the bee’s knees. Act before there are none.

This is more important than most of us realize, they benefit us so much, and they benefit the world far more than we ever give thought to.

Bird Flight

bee-259983__340 Good little honey bee

Bees have been long-time feared or disliked insects because of their painful stings when feeling threatened, but some (not all), like honey bees and bumble bees, lose their lives after they sting. It’s kind of sad, I think, because these bee are really rather useful insects that provide many benefits to humans. Honey bees pollinate 80 percent of flowering crops. Those crops constitute one-third of everything we eat. Without honey bees, we would not have apples, strawberries, nuts, broccoli, cucumbers, blueberries, and many other favorite foods. Oh yes, let’s also not forget honey. In addition, the beef and dairy industries would be affected because alfalfa crops would be threatened. Alfalfa is a main source of their feed. If none of the honey bees were to survive, our insect pollinated plants would not survive, potentially reducing mankind to little more than a water diet, or at least…

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Don’t Coddle Me

Just don’t coddle me. I am not a child. I am a grown adult and I take responsibility for my actions, for my livelihood, and for my future. I am not offended at something I don’t agree with and I am not going to need the security Blanket that is known as safe spaces because come on people get real, grow up and realize its ok to not agree with someone and to get offended. we still need to treat each other with respect. Too many people are “triggered”, or so offended they lose all rational thought and argument and it becomes only my feelings matter and yours don’t because you said something I don’t like or didn’t want to hear. We are living in a time where emotion trumps logic and reason. This is how my two-year-old acts! It seems the system has failed to produce good contributing members to society and instead has given us coddled children that can’t handle being an adult. Not everyone deserves a medal for participation, and nobody is entitled to anything they didn’t work for. For those of us that don’t need to be coddled, keep going strong because hopefully just like the terrible twos this too shall pass. Rant over

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Grey

What is grey when it isn’t a color?

Is it a feeling?

Or how about a space in the middle?

Does it define the undefinable?

and put into place the things that have no place?

Maybe it is a mood?

Or a taste?

It is not appetizing to see on your food.

and can make people walk on eggshells.

A grey life sounds quite grey.

and my hair is starting to turn,

Gray

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Better

I just want something better. I want something better for my family. I don’t want just some ordinary 9 to 5 lifestyle. Life is too short for that. I want to always be improving my standard of living and I don’t want to slide back and I sure as hell don’t want to stagnate. The ordinary robs us of our true joy, we are not some machine that is supposed to repeat the same thing over and over. We are meant to have extraordinary lives. To experience the greatness and beauty this world has to offer.

It doesn’t help that we was media that only wants to report what is popular, what ultimately will make them the most money no matter hoeuch they have to exaggerate and twist the truth. It makes me sick, I just want to leave it all behind. People are blinded by media, and their view forced on us, and it turns us against each other. It causes us to divide and causes strife. I am heartbroken for my daughter that this is the work she is coming into. Thinking about it drive Spike in my heart. I just hope that she can be better than the rest of the world and have a positive impact in our society. Rant over.