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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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One Liner Wednesday

This 2010 Facebook memory popped up today and seemed perfect for One Liner Wednesday.

Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the doorbell.

– Unknown

©️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)