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Just Don’t

…..talk about me until you’ve talked to me.

…..underestimate me until you’ve challenged me.

…..judge me until you know me.

And even then, just DON’T!


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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Expand the Curriculum

Fandango’s Provocative Question #104: What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

The one subject I feel deserves more attention in US schools is financial management. There are children graduating college with bad credit, significant debt and other financial burdens causing hardship for years to come. Generational debt is far more prevalent than generational wealth and it’s ruining lives. Teenagers should learn about managing their finances, no matter how little or much, to avoid the systemic pitfalls.


©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Life, People, Prompt, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Jealousy…good or nah?

Fandango’s Provocative Question #103Is jealousy purely a negative and potentially destructive emotion, or does jealousy have any value as a motivator to drive people to improve themselves?

I don’t think jealousy is purely negative but I believe it is a potentially destructive emotion. Some level of jealousy may be unavoidable, especially since it usually revolves around someone else having something you want (e.g. job, boyfriend/girlfriend, material things, etc.). One person can be genuinely happy for another yet feel a tinge of jealousy, as a result of their disappointment and/or insecurity. If not, it begs the question how much they really wanted whatever it is they now covet.

There are negative connotations associated with jealousy, which I believe is a result of how much people get caught up in their emotions, allowing them to become destructive. In any aspect, there’s an opportunity for jealousy to be used as a motivator to drive people to improve themselves. Following one of my examples above – if two friends apply for a job and only one gets it, the other may become jealous. That feeling could become so strong that it causes them to sabotage their friend’s success (destructive). On the other hand, if they don’t allow jealousy to distract them in that way, they’ll be able to evaluate why their friend was seen as the better choice and improve themselves accordingly (motivator). Either way, it’s difficult to make a blanket statement about jealousy, one way or another.


©2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for FPQ, The Daily Spur (aspect & boyfriend), Your Daily Word Prompt (distracted), Just Jot it January (caught), Ragtag Daily Prompt (blanket)

Posted in Haiku, Holidays, Hope, Life, Poetry, Prompt, Uncategorized

Renewal 2021

swaying pendulum

each ticktock brings a future

bound for renewal


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge (bound, sway); WOTD (renewal); MMA Storytime’s Word of the Day (future)

Posted in Encouragement, Faith, Inspiration, Life, Motivation, Uncategorized

I’ve Been Redirected

It was a hectic morning but I’d finally made it to the school annex building. This was my fourth appointment in three days and my anxiety still wouldn’t let me relax. When I arrived I was asked to wait in an empty room, void of basic furniture and decor. Only a trash bin sat near the door and a whiteboard hung on one wall.

After 5 minutes or so I was called into another room, far more capacious but dimly lit. As I sat at a long table being interrogated by six strangers, I felt confident in my responses, even those that required a little improvising. Everyone sitting across the table seemed genuinely pleased to meet me and fascinated by my experience. I walked away feeling extremely optimistic and certain I’d made a great impression.

A few days later I received an email that at first sparked excitement, but then I read that one line everyone dreads: “We decided to go another direction.”

I was disappointed but couldn’t afford to let rejection hold me down. I look at every interview as preparation for a bigger opportunity better designed for my purpose.


“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” – Maya Angelou


©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half