Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This week’s Photo Challenge, according to Cheri Lucas Rowlands, we are to. “get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus.”

Let us walk down to the lake’s edge, shall we?

Jungle of weeds grow –
Focus straight on persistence
Blurs out ugly thoughts

focus on weeds

Have you noticed 

when we really focus and persist in the way weeds grow;

eventually, success blooms abundantly in our life?

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SUNDAY POST :From a Distance–STRIKE!!

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Aim straight for your goals…

I love to go bowling. Occasionally, more often than not, I lose track of my goals on hand and my life begins to unravel. When I find myself floundering and I am acting out my best, oh-poor-me attitude, I know it is time to visit the nearest bowling alley.

If you have visited a bowling alley, you know the immediate energy you may receive as soon as you walk into a busy, all lanes taken, bowling alley.

One can get such an energy rush hearing the bowling pins being wiped off-balance; the back/palm slaps of winning team members; the loud cheers and laughter of happy people everywhere and unfortunately, a few, ker-blat, when a bowling ball (hopefully not yours) rolls into the gutter or drops accidentally from your grip!

Oops!! (You look around hoping no one noticed your spastic move!)

Okay, the food at bowling alleys are usually never considered “fine dining” stuff. I never go expecting to find inspiration for my life in stale nacho chips, tasteless burgers and watered down sodas, but, where I do find my recharge is in the game itself.

If you desire a winner’s heart in both bowling and life, learn the ways of trophy winning champions. Like a bowler getting ready to score big, you start from a distance–take careful aim–focus on your goals on hand; and, with a whisper of a prayer and without hesitation: release your bowling ball and your ambitions and remember, keep-the-ball-rolling, through sweat, tears and pain.

Do not give up, ever!

The best bowling lesson I receive every time I bowl is this:

If you persist aiming from a distance, releasing your efforts with everything you have, there comes a point in the game when you strike out as a winner–perhaps even a few friends to share in your success!

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From the distance, are there any sports or recreational games you find your recharge and inspiration?
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Join the weekly fun with Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST :This week’s theme is: From a Distance.

Live Life Hungry

Stay hungry, stay foolish.
~Steve Job

I’m hungry. Not exactly hungry for food but hungry for . . . umm,

Ohhh, I cannot put my finger on it!!

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–Gotta stay hungry…

Perhaps, I hunger for wisdom, for power, love, for fame-and-fortune, true friendships–but what exactly, at this moment, I hunger for, is eluding me.

Ever notice after a tasty meal, the one that made you take all those extra servings and now, any slight movement finds you in so much pain and discomfort and, to your dismay; your body begins to feel very, very, very tired.

I hear you moaning, “Please someone, anyone, let me lie down and rest! Oh, oh, oh…my stomach feels like it‘s gonna burst…!”

Think about it. If we quit setting goals for ourselves or once we achieve our goals and keep the attitude, “I’ve finally arrived,” then, our life becomes, like the gluttonous eater, dull, tiring and if we are not careful, severely complacent.

Remembering Maxwell Maltz’s words on complacency and how it’s “a variation of conceit, because you like yourself and go on liking yourself for what you have achieved feeling you need not achieve anymore.”

No, no, no! We need to stay hungry and you know why?

As Bruce Springsteen sings, “They say, ‘ya gotta stay hungry…’

…because who wants to become conceited?

Not me, how about you??

Let’s stay hungry, HUNGRY for life and all the opportunities, the hardships, the happiness, the love, the heartaches and most of all, stay hungry and so foolish as to generously give ourselves away…

…and as Bruce deliciously continues to croon out, “Hey Baby…I’m about starving’ tonight!”

Complacency, like over eating, must not become the habit we reach for when we achieve a bit of success, instead, living on the edge of starvation may be just the thing we need, if we expect to live life to its fullest.


Do you desire to stay hungry and foolish to avoid being complacent?

SUNDAY POST : Work

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You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.

~Warren Beatty


Mickey Mouse looks like he’s having fun signing autographs . . . are you having success in your field as well? 

I hear you calling out already, “I’m leaving for work to play now, honey, see you when I get home!”

Awesome!!

Created with love for Jakesprinter, SUNDAY POST : Work

Simply Smiling to Give

Give, and thou shalt receive. Give thoughts of cheer,
Of courage and success, to friend and stranger.
And from a thousand sources, far and near,
Strength will be sent thee in thy hour of danger.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Being Arindam sent his word of cheer, ‘keep smiling!’
and now I continue on from here
smiling
and wanting to receive strength
in the unknown hour of danger we may all face one day.

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The free gift of a smile . . .

If you find the need of some courage and words to succeed, then
Be not afraid of what others think,
just write and create
on dreams and the many affairs of your heart.

Share all the smiles
of your life today for
You, my friends, are wonderfully created  to be simply charming!

How did you share your smiles today? Was it by a simple gesture of kindness or encouraging words written or spoken?