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Daily Prompt: Hobson’s Choice

If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?
Daily Prompt: Hobson’s Choice

Why is it that people like to play these silly games? I’ve never understood it, and I don’t like them. I’ve had people ask, “If you had to choose between dying in a fire or drowning, which would you choose?” or “If you had to choose between a handsome man, who is mean and cruel or an ugly man, who is kind and sweet, which would you choose?”

The Lesser of Two Evils
The Lesser of Two Evils (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Really? Give me a break! Aren’t we faced with enough real choices in life without having to choose between imaginary things that are not likely to happen? It’s sort of like being asked to choose the lesser of two evils, and my response is as the minister, Charles Spurgeon once said, “Of two evils, choose neither.”

I can’t even begin to describe the joy, and the anguish I’ve felt as I’ve read the blogs of others, (not to mention the irritation and disgust I’ve felt at some others). Do you really think I would give up the pleasure of reading the poetry that springs forth from some, or the amazing artwork, that otherwise, I might never get to experience? Do you think I would choose to lose all of the friends and acquaintances I’ve had the honor to come to know in these few weeks since I began this great adventure in blogging? Absolutely not!

And as for never writing again, are you crazy? That would break my heart, and just think of it… if everyone chose to write, but not read, no one would ever read the blogs that I write, never comment on them, there would be no new relationships… no one to offer suggestions for my improvement… how sad that would be! I like to minister to people, to touch their hearts, but if there are no readers, only writers, then no one can experience the joy I want to share in my stories, or the love, or the fear. It would just be a cold, empty exercise in writing. No thank you.

Therefore, I’ll say it one more time, just so there are no questions. Of these two evils, If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick?” I choose neither.

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

Daily Prompt: Success!

What is a life well lived to you?

Dictionary.com defines success as:

  1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
  2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  3. successful  performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
  4. person or thing that is successfulShe was a great success on the talkshow.
  5. Obsolete . outcome.
SUCCESS (magazine)
SUCCESS (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t see it that way. There are many very wealthy, prosperous people who have achieved great position or status in life, and many who have received numerous honors, but that does not mean that their lives are a success. Just because someone’s career is a success does not mean that their life is a success.

To me, a successful person is one who has loved, even when he/she hasn’t received love in return. A successful person is one who lives his/her life giving glory to God, because we were created for His glory. A successful person is one who forgives the wrongs committed against him/her, and continues to love those who wronged him/her.

A successful person puts the needs of others above his/her own. A successful person gives of him/herself, without expecting or even wanting recognition. A successful person is selfless. A successful person knows the purpose which he/she has been created for, and works to fulfill that purpose.

A successful person will stand firmly for what he/she believes in without compromising his/her values. He/She has counted the cost and is willing to pay the price for taking a bold stand for what is right, no matter how many may turn against him/her.

A successful person leaves a legacy when he/she dies – not a legacy of money, which can be blown pretty quickly, but a legacy of love, a legacy of others who desire to be just like that person. When a successful person passes away, he/she can pass easily knowing that they accomplished what they were created to accomplish. That’s the kind of success I pray for.

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

Daily Prompt: Three Letter Words

WordPress
WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

Hallelujah! I am being challenged to execute a post with no three-letter words. Never having participated in a daily prompt, this is my first attempt at delivering an entire post without some of these dirty little words.

I have lived a sheltered life in which I foolishly believed that only four letter words were unacceptable. As a matter of fact, on several occasions, I rebuked my children as well as my husband because they uttered four letter words. Alas! Could it be that I was have been wrong about my aversion to four letter words?

Or is it possible that I only erred by omitting dreadful three-letter words also? Must I repent to humanity inasmuch as in my endeavor to raise a family of upright moral character, I failed in ignorance of this commandment of epic proportions – Thou shan’t utter three-letter words? 

To everyone affected by my naiveté, I humbly offer my apologies. Please forgive me if you thou have hast suffered unduly do to because of my foolish usage of these naughty words. If anyone bears pain or suffering as a result of this, I pray peace is found.

I also seek your mercy on my behalf. I am devastated by my total dependence on these filthy words. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible that I could again breech this cardinal rule, thereby blundering headlong into some tortuous punishment, a consequence earned by my indiscretion.

Please also allow me to show my deep appreciation to the staff at WordPress, since I probably would have continued writing these nasty little words without ever ceasing if they hadn’t  alerted me to this gross misuse of the eleventh commandment… Thou shan’t utter three-letter words.

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