Daily Prompt: Toot Your Horn

Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.

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One thing I pride myself on is my ability to see two sides of every story. I guess that’s the Libra inside of me. I am also very good at feeling sympathetic towards a different view point even when I don’t agree with it. I believe that people are generally good (as opposed to bad) and even when an action has hurt me or something I disagree with, I can often justify the other party’s actions. There are always outliers to this, depending on who the person is and to what degree they executed their actions, but I’m generally very forgiving and understanding of all situations.

This doesn’t mean I let things go easily. If I have been wronged I will normally try to resolve the situation peacefully. If that doesn’t work, I will decide if the situation is dire enough to escalate to more drastic solutions. Well, now I’m realizing that everyone probably does this so I’m not feeling as special as I did when I first started this entry, haha! Oh wells!

Daily Prompt: Too Your Horn.

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Daily Prompt: Polite Company

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

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Disagree. I know for most people discussing controversial topics are a big “no-no”, but if one person, if not both, are open-minded, these types of discussions are a great way to grow and learn about people different from yourself. It’s hard to steer a conversation from ignorant and senseless arguing if there are too many people involved, but on a one-to-one scenario, it’s doable. I realize that people often forget that not everyone thinks and act the same. We are all different. We may agree on some things and not on others. What is right for me isn’t necessarily right for you. I have seen too often that people confuse right and wrong with popular and unpopular. These two are NOT the same!

For me, I like to listen to other people’s views on politics and religion. I like to challenge their beliefs so they could develop a stronger point. Many people mistake this as me arguing or trying to point out that they’re “wrong”. Like I said, I don’t think anyone is wrong — they’re absolutely right as it applies to them. If you’re not up for a good challenge, then what are you doing with your life? Challenges is what makes the world go round!

Listening to different viewpoints could teach you something new or help you see a situation in a different light. I could be shown a different way of seeing things that I wouldn’t have materialized on my own. I don’t necessarily always agree with what I hear, but I can respect that these thoughts are unique to the person I am speaking to. Their experiences and their upbringing has caused them to think and feel a certain way about politics and religion. Who am I to say they are wrong or right? I just know I can agree or disagree and that’s about as far as I take it. If I’m asked for my own viewpoints I will gladly give them, but I never expect the other party to agree. I expect respect. I always try to respect others so I demand respect in return.

This is as far as I will go in regards to this prompt, thanks for listening 🙂

Daily Post: Polite Company.

Daily Prompt: Clean Slate

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Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?

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There is a large wedding photo in an elaborate silver ornate frame on the wall. The bride is sitting on a red Victorian love seat wearing a beautiful satin ballroom wedding dress. I assume it’s a wedding dress because it is white. The the dress is strapless with a sweetheart neckline. The gown has an embroidered pattern at the bottom with beads and crystals woven into it. The groom is kneeling behind the love seat with his left hand on the bride’s arm, showcasing his wedding band. He is looking at his bride and smiling. They’re a happy couple.

It’s been three weeks since Christmas and almost two since New Year’s and the owners of this home still has their Christmas tree up. There is no scent of Evergreens in the air. This tree is undoubtedly a fake tree. There are shopping bags laying messily next to the fake tree on one side and a dainty cordless vacuum cleaner on the other. The TV console is littered with odd ended items that seem to have been placed there out of convenience rather than purpose. A coat rack stands next to the TV console over populated with jackets.

I am sitting on a dark brown cinema leather reclining sofa seat. It is quite comfy! To my left, I had expected an armrest, but an arm console and cup holder hybrid replaced it. A large flat screen TV is mounted on the wall and in the screen is a computer desktop. I believe this would classify the TV as a large computer monitor and not a TV.

Who lives here? It is apparent that a young married couple is living here.

Daily Prompt: Clean Slate.

Daily Prompt: Take Two

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Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

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I step out of our house and I see our monogrammed doormat bought by the money received from our wedding. I walk into the house and our massive shoe rack is the first thing I see. It’s hard to miss. It’s actually kind of an eye sore but we haven’t been able to figure out how else to solve our shoe problem.

How do they relate? They both deal with shoes. You rub the soles of your shoes on our doormat and store your shoes on our shoe rack. “S” can also be for shoes! Haha!

Daily Prompt: This Is Your Life

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If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

Thanks for the great idea, Tom!

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Absolutely not! If I read it and everything is exactly as I would want it (the good and bad), I might accidentally do something to screw it all up. I know I would waste time mourning over what should have been, regretting. What a terrible way to live life, Knowing you had health and wealth but somehow transformed it into disease and poverty?

I am able to appreciate the life I have now because tomorrow is unknown. The future might be grim so I want to enjoy the good in my life while it last. I’m not one of those people who says, “If I had known this was going to happen, I would have been nicer, friendlier, more helpful, etc.” I do my best to live every day in the moment and make sure those close to me know how much I love and care for them. I let them know how much I appreciate them.

Also knowing my future would be a great burden on me. If I know that something bad is going to happen, I am burden with the task to try and prevent it. I’ll be living every day trying to “fix” the future instead of enjoying the present. This would be a horrible way to live life. I guess I’m not willing to sacrifice my happiness. I am selfish.

Knowing when and how I am going to die is also reason enough as to why I wouldn’t want to read a book that contains all the events in my life – past, present, and future. I shutter at the thought of knowing about my last breath — even if I die a fast and painless death. The idea of being non-existing frightens me. Death scares me. It’s my greatest fear.

Although, it would be very interesting if the book also covers what happens after I pass on. That’s one area I would be extremely curious about. Do we continue to exist after our physical life ends? Is their a spiritual life? However, my curiosity about the afterlife is not strong enough to make me want to read the book.

Speaking of books, I just finished “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and completed some discussion questions for it. Feel free to check it out Gone Girl – Reading Discussion.

Daily Prompt: This Is Your Life.