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Morton’s Fork? I Prefer The Third Option!

WordPress daily writing prompt: Morton’s Fork – 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?

Morton’s Fork? What is that? I’ve never heard of it.

mortons fork IMG_2098After some googling I found what Morton’s Fork means. It’s a logical dilemma where a person is faced with one of two choices, both of which are bad choices. Makes one wish for a third option. Check the photo on the left – is this a Morton’s Fork? Go left and you go into the desert. Go right and you go into the desert too. So it’s not really a choice. Back to the question asked by today’s prompt…I prefer the third option (sorry Morton) – I want to write my own blog AND I also want to read others’ blogs.

Two is a dilemma.

Three is a choice.

Two leads to non-action.

Three leads to action.

Two expresses limitations.

Three expresses possibilities.

I prefer that.

Let It Be

Everyone wants to make their mark and be noticed for it, like claiming possession of something, even if only temporarily.

I associate this with the English idiomatic expression that says “A new broom sweeps clean.” This expression is quite old – it was used by Shakespeare.

It’s all very subjective off course – if one asks the people who were there already they’ll tell you that things were clean already. The new person comes in and wants to make clean because they see it from a different perspective.

Sometimes things need to be cleaned up. And sometimes they don’t. The key is to acknowledge this and change only what needs changing, and not change something because it’s expected, or because they don’t understand it.

Someone new can make great changes because they have a new perspective, but experience is also valuable.

There is an extension to this saying, “Yes, a new broom sweeps clean, but the old one knows the corners.”

Sometime’s it’s better to just let it be.


The following was referenced in the writing of this post:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Talk:a_new_broom_sweeps_clean

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/proverbs.html

 

The rain soaked soil of our home

rainsoaked path

The storm came from the south-west, big dark clouds presaged by sudden gusts of wind. Then the rain came down, hard. Thunder boomed overhead like cannons at the start of battle. I opened the doors, wide, loving the flinty smell of the thunderstorm.

Nermal cat walked through the open door for a quick visit, and dashed under the dining room table. He’s terrified of thunder. (Note to self: when in doubt, always dash under the table. It’s safer that way and if the sky falls from above then I’ll be ok.)

Spent, the storm moved north, the thunder echoing in the distance, the booming lessening as it moved further away.

As Nermal cat ventured out from under the dining room table the smell of wet soil from the garden floated in through the open door. I closed my eyes and took a deep deep breath, glad that I’d left the doors and windows open, just so that smell would come into our home and bless it with its richness.


Image attribution as per watermark.


WordPress daily writing prompt is “Free Association“. Write down the first words that comes to mind when we say: . . . home. . . soil.. . . rain. Use those words in the title of your post.

Enough is Enough

When is it enough?

When has something reached the end of the road?

When have your overstayed your welcome?

When is it time to let go?

When is enough, enough?

This is probably one of the most difficult things to do. To own one’s “enoughness” and walk away from a situation that is no longer serving you, growing you or nourishing you.

When all the fun and levity have gone.

When it’s sapping all your energy.

When the proverbial little voice starts up, softly at first, and loudly when it’s being ignored.

When the feeling in your gut leaves you trembling with anxiety instead of trembling with excitement.

That is the time to say “Enough is enough”!

To let go, walk away, find something new, a new path…

But sometimes we stay. We hope that things will get better. That someone is going to notice your work, your talent, your effort.

But when you are not part of someone’s plans, nothing is going to change that. It’s time to go, own your slippers and walk away.

Make your own plans. Start a new journey. Tread a new path. Stop waiting for a rescuer, someone to come and blow your nose, someone to feed your self-pity.

We’ve been conditioned to never quit. Because quitting is bad. Quitting means that we’re not reliable. That we have lost.

But in actual fact, to walk away is to put YOU first. And that is not losing. That is winning.

The moment those first feelings of doubt start making themselves felt, tentative they may be, that is the time to acknowledge them and act on them. No more time to waste.

My future is waiting.

Enough is enough!

In response to WordPress's daily prompt - Enough is enoughWhen was the last time you were ready to throw in the proverbial towel? 
Did you end up letting go, or decided to fight on anyway? 
Click in the link to see other entries for today's prompt.

DP: A Moment In Time – Moonlight

Today's prompt: What was the last picture you took? 
Tell us the story behind it. (No story behind the photo? Make one up, 
or choose the last picture you took that had one.)

5th January 20h48. It’s a hot and balmy summer evening. Eskom could have load shed on this evening and I wouldn’t even have minded. The moon provided as much light as any lamp. It was beautiful and no camera could’ve captured its beauty. I tried…

Moonlight 5th January 2015  at 20h48 - Captured with my iPhone
Moonlight 5th January 2015 at 20h48 (captured with my iPhone)