Posted in Life, perseverance, self, Uncategorized

Happy International Women’s Day!

All the women in me are tired – Nayyirah Waheed

Mother
Daughter
Sister
Wife
Lover
Friend
Fighter
Supporter
Confidant
Counselor
Therapist
Caretaker
Teacher
Student
Dreamer
Believer
Thinker
Doer

WOMEN ARE LIFE!


©️2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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Beam of Light

photo by Eugene Lim via Unsplash

 

She refused to be devoured by fear, so she soared

Discovering a world of infinite possibilities

No longer chained to the rhythm


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for Three Line Tales, 3LT

 

Posted in Daily Prompt, Uncategorized

USS Intrepid

Oh how I love the word prompts of today, especially for the memories they inspire. As soon as I saw the word “intrepid” I immediately thought of my years of growing up in New York City. It’s safe to say my friends and I were intrepid teenagers, but those aren’t the memories I’m sharing today.

The few years following high school graduation were particularly full of excitement and mischievous behavior for us young adults, discovering more of what the “streets” had to offer outside the clutches of our overprotective parents. One night we all took a trip to the big city for a party on the USS Intrepid. Special Ed, a popular hip hop artist at the time, was performing for a huge publicity event. It was one of our many adventurous outings of those days, with the added anticipation of meeting who we considered to be a local celebrity (raised in Brooklyn). Not sure who remembers but Special Ed’s song “I Got It Made” was a hit on the party scene back then, howbeit he was never quite considered “big league.”

Anyway, I remember dancing all night long, being silly with my friends, and of course checking out the fellas, but I also remember being amazed at how all of the night’s events were happening on an old aircraft carrier from World War II and the Vietnam War. As a teenager I can’t say I cared too much, considering the opportunity we were given. At this moment, however, it disgust me to think we were actually allowed to party on an vessel where Navy men made the ultimate sacrifice decades prior.

Eventually I made it back to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, now a National Historic Landmark. I don’t have any original pictures but here are some courtesy of the internet.

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©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:

WORD: clutch

FOWC: intrepid

Daily Word Prompt: howbeit

Posted in Daily Prompt, inspiration, Quotes

The sky’s the limit

“The sky’s the limit.”

#1linerwednesday

Posted in Daily Prompt, motivation, Quotes, Uncategorized

Let Today Be The Day

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– Arthur Ashe

Start where you are
Whether it’s going back to school, launching the business you’ve always dreamed about, giving your life to God, or anything else you’ve put off in anticipation of that “perfect moment,” let this be the last day you only think about what you want to do and the first day of actually doing it. Stop being a devout procrastinator and start living your dreams now!

Use what you have…
Once you get started the greatest tool you need is at your disposal – your willingness to move forward. Use that motivation to put the talent, knowledge, and skills you have today toward growing your experiences and ability to do more and more every day.

Do what you can…
Don’t acquiesce to anyone’s perception of falling short and resort to giving up. It’s best not to count your missteps as failure but rather bonus learning of what doesn’t work. No one starts out being the best or able to do it all, but what you can do will become greater for tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

©2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Poetry, Uncategorized

Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once)

Cast aside regret

Embrace failure

Let lessons learned

Become familiar

Cross paths

With the unexpected

Continue on

Til it’s perfected

Joy and laughter

Pain and strife

You must keep living

Your best blessed life

Test the boundaries

Go the distance

The range of possibilities

They’re endless

Your first time or last

You gotta find humor

No haunting past

Or daunting future

We all have stories

Let them be told

Cherished memories

As you grow old

Generations should learn

As they mature

Cast aside regret

Embrace failure

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

WOTD: haunting
FOWC: range

Posted in Daily Prompt, inspiration, Life, Uncategorized

Kindness and Gratitude

Instigate extreme kindness, not with the expectation of thanks
but with a feeling of copious gratitude.

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©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Influenced by:
WOTD: instigate
Daily Word Prompt: extreme
FOWC: copious
One-Liner Wednesday

Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, inspiration, Life, Quotes, Uncategorized

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I don’t think I could pick a favorite sermon or speech of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., though “I Have a Dream” is by far my most read. I do, however, have my top list of his most famous quotes. Among them is “The time is always right to do what is right.” I wish I could plaster these words everywhere, in an attempt to get all people to adopt and live by this philosophy. Believing and living by this standard, without exception, could possibly lead to the world witnessing much of MLK’s dream come to pass as a result.

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Faith, Uncategorized

Acrostic…POWER

Pray. Obey. Worship. Edify. Repent

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

WOTD: power

Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, Faith, Life, Photo Challenge, Uncategorized

Joy Comes in the Morning

In December 2016 my son and I traveled to Florida for Christmas. It was the first holiday season after losing four family members over a period of 8 months and we needed a break. We saw this as a great opportunity to share a joyous occasion with family and visit friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It seems to have become a tradition, having made the same trip the past two years, as well.

The morning I flew into Tampa I had so many plans for the day, mainly things to keep me on the go around town. I remember still being at a place where I had to stay busy just and keep my mind occupied and away from a sad place. My really good friend picked me up at the airport early in the morning and we went to eat, when I shared my plans for the next few weeks. My mind was racing, and I was rushing through breakfast because I had a schedule that, according to me, couldn’t be broken.

After breakfast, my friend suggested going by this local beach we’d visited years before. I thought he was crazy because Florida beaches were destroyed by a hurricane just months prior and, well, what fun is there in that. Being an avid beach goer, he convinced me it was worth the trip, so I hesitantly agreed. In my head I was just trying to shift around my other plans for the day, totaling stressing about what I may not be able to do.

It was a foggy morning and we couldn’t see too far out, but the feel and sound of the breeze rippling the water was surprisingly wonderful. That was the only existing beauty because water had drastically receded from shore, the boardwalk had been ruined, and ocean and land life was displaced. It was somewhat depressing and metaphorically representative of my life at the time. Much of what I knew, loved, and enjoyed so much was gone.

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We continued to talk and reminisce about happier times, and as morning passed sunlight brightened the day. We traveled over to another area of the beach, and though conditions were still somewhat grim there was a picnic area where a family hosted their daughter’s birthday party. There was also a small playground with swings, a slide, and a mini rock-climbing wall. My friend and I have always been a fun duo down for a good time, so of course we ventured over to the playground. At first, I thought I’d just swing for a few minutes, but at some point I must’ve started enjoying myself. I have to say, this was probably the first time in six months that I actually laughed. I laughed until I cried but these tears were of joy rather than pain. I believe this was representative of my days ahead and I’m so happy my friend thought to capture the moment.

©2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf