Day 340: Unfinished

So we’re coming up to the last leg of the year, less than 30 days left until 2020 and I’m desperately trying to finish off all my 2019 goals. It is disheartening for me to start a new year with unfinished goals, because I have so much more I want to do next year, so many changes I plan on making in my life.

This year has not been all bad, although there are some goals that are out of my control, I have managed to complete a few that are within my means. I will need a Christmas Miracle in order for me to leave 2019 without any unfinished goals.


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Day 339: Words

The words that refused to return

To the mouth from which it sprung

It grasped the air and breath of life

And stilled the room with discomfort

It revealed the line so clearly drawn

And built a fort on the other side

The words when captive felt innocent

With no intent of maliciousness

But once released had changed their form

And forced us all to acknowledgment.


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Day 338: Page

Finding myself bare

Blank pages to be filled

To look myself in the lines

And see the truth within

To answer for my transgressions

With empathetic lies

To use myself to hide myself

To loose myself to make myself

To fill a page and still remain so empty


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Day 337: Existential

They say it is impossible

To imagine your own demise

To imagine having no thoughts

No options, no life

And no existence

They say it is impossible

To imagine what you were before

Or what you weren’t

That all your mind’s eye see is darkness

To think of a world without oneself.


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Day 336: Filming

She was the star, she knew she was. This was her debut, her chance to finally shine. She sat in front of her changing room mirror. The production wasn’t big enough to warrant make up artists but she had been able to get them to pay for her makeup. She knew exactly how she wanted her face done. She knew how she wanted to look for the scene, she had gone over her lines over and over again and knew the perfect delivery for each word.

She finished dressing and made her way to stage one. She was ready to shine. She walked on to the scene and took her place, she let the camera do the rest as she knew that her acting was enough.


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Day 335: Poem of the Day

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Emily Dickinson poem so I thought I should do so today.

By Emily Dickinson

I’m “wife”—I’ve finished that—
That other state—
I’m Czar—I’m “Woman” now—
It’s safer so—

How odd the Girl’s life looks
Behind this soft Eclipse
I think that Earth feels so
To folks in Heaven—now—

This being comfort—then
That other kind—was pain—
But why compare?
I’m “Wife”! Stop there!


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Day 334: Wisdom

Basic Sunday School knowledge dictates that the wisest King that ever lived was King Solomon. Solomon was a man that, when asked by God what he wanted most in the world, did not ask for riches and fame but instead asked for wisdom. And as a result God have him all 3, riches, fame and wisdom. Solomon was the son of the mighty David who slayed the giant Goliath. So he had big shoes to fill, and asking for wisdom helped him fill those shoes.

My favourite story that shows Solomon’s wisdom is that of the two mothers.

Two women had just given birth to their sons. During the night, mother A rolled over her son and killed him. She then swapped her baby for that of Mother B. Mother B woke up and saw that the child next to her was dead and that it wasn’t hers. She accused mother A of swapping the baby and a huge fight broke out. To resolve this, the people took them to the wisest person they knew, their King Solomon. So king Solomon heard the case and said “get me a sword and I will cut the baby in half, each of you talking one half”. Of course the baby’s real mother, Mother B was horrified and told Solomon that the other woman can keep the baby as long as the baby lives. Whilst mother A was more than happy to kill the baby. Through this Solomon could see that the baby’s real mother was the one who cared about its wellbeing and gave the baby to Mother B, it’s real mother.

I love this story because I don’t know how I would have reacted if this case was brought to me. I don’t think I would have enough wisdom to resolve the issue and give the child to it’s real mother.

Feel free to comment what your wise verdict would have been in a case like this.


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Day 333: What’s Cooking

One of my favourite recipes is my bean chili that I eat with sweet potatoes. It’s filling, easy to cook and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

2 carrots

2 stalks of celery

2 tins of beans (of your choice)

1 large pepper

1 tin of tomato sauce (or chopped tomatoes if you prefer)

Half a tea spoon of Salt

Black Pepper (to your taste)

Half a tea spoon of cumin

Half a tea spoon of Cajun spice

1 table spoon of olive oil

Method:

    Chop up all the vegetables.
    Add the olive oil into a pan and then add the vegetables. Fry for 5-7 minutes.
    Add the tins of beans along with the the tin of tomato sauce. Turn the heat down to low.
    Add the seasoning and stir the pot.
    Leave to cook for 30 minutes on low heat.
    Optional: boil sweet potatoes and serve with bean chili.

Voila, bon appétit!


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Day 332: Black Friday

I’ve always wondered why Black Friday is called Black Friday. So today I did some brief research and found some suggestions of where the name came from.

One suggestion is that slave owners used to sell black slaves at a discount on the day after thanksgiving. And so the day became known as Black Friday.

Another suggestion is that there were football matches in Philadelphia the day after thanksgiving meaning that there were huge crowds and vehicles. The police officers who had to work long shifts trying to controlling the crowds names the day Black Friday.

The explanation that I like is that retailers were usually in the red (losses) throughout most of the year but on the day after thanksgiving, when they offered sales, they went in the black (profits) and therefore the day became known as Black Friday. Apparently some retailers didn’t like the name Black Friday and unsuccessfully tried to change it to Big Friday.

So there you go folks, different explanations for a holiday that results in people spending money. Take the explanation you like, or leave them all, either way enjoy the sales.


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