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Atypical Woman

Dear Typical Guy,

You thought I was a typical woman

You approached me in your typical way

You spouted off your typical pick-up,

“I seemed to have lost my number. Can I have yours?”

Aww! Say farewell to your typical day.

Kind regards,

ATYPICAL WOMAN

 

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

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Word Fast – Day 2

 

Seek to understand, not to be understood.

We’ve all heard it said that there’s a reason you have two ears and one mouth: to listen more and speak less. The best way to remove sinful words from your mouth is to just not speak. I’m not talking about not ever speaking again, but honestly thinking about the words you want to say and asking yourself 1) do they serve a purpose?, and 2) should I just listen at this moment? Sometimes being so eager to be speak and be heard can make you miss out on a perfect opportunity to listen and learn. You should listen to understand, not just to reply.


If your words don’t serve a purpose, stop speaking.

That’s actually one of my favorite quotes. I first started using it about 10 years ago. Not only did I have it on repeat in my head, but it was one of the phrases I had posted in my office at work. That was the place I found people would talk so unnecessarily, wasting a good bit of time and effort that could better be used to add a great deal of productivity to their day. Co-workers would either complain about something or gossip about someone, but either way I wanted no parts of it. It’s still puzzling to me how any work got done.

Your thoughts of negativity, complaining, gossiping, etc., are problematic on their own, but have you ever watched what happens when those thoughts are put into words? They’re given life. They take up even more space as those around you feed into such thoughts and make them grow. Plant seeds of peace and allow others to feed off your harvest, in order to enrich your life and add more edifying conversations to your day.

In order to succeed in my word fast, it’s important for me to be careful about who and what I allow to deposit into my heart and mind. I cannot have negativity surrounding me and expect to purge it from my thoughts. So to all my friends and family…you’ve been warned!

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I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘The Forty-Day Word Fast’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/Wj



Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer.

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

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Word Fast – Day 1

Today I started my 40-day word fast to help rid of my impulse to complain, speak negatively, criticize, or be judgmental towards others. I usually start my days off with such a positive outlook, feeling as though I’m on a mission to spread peace and love…BUT…it seems at some point in almost every day there’s some action of another that causes me to give side eye and question that person’s very existence. That’s not the right attitude, I know. Rather than cuss them profusely I simply deliver some witty sarcasm highlighting their ignorance, and then walk away complaining of their behavior every opportunity I have. Realizing the only person being affected by my response is me, it’s time to change things up.

I may not be able to share my complete 40-day journey to self-improvement with you, but perhaps this may encourage some who’ll find benefit in their own word fast.


I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘The Forty-Day Word Fast’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/Wj


Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Encouragement, Inspiration, Life, Love, Motivation, Peace, Positivity, Relationships, Uncategorized

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.

It’s great to study the words of a man so many admire, but it’s the actions of living out such text that brings about change. When you read the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR., how do they most inspire you? What do they awaken in you that if expressed and/or put into motion could create an individual, community, state, etc. transformation?

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving.”

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving. You lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

 

©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Love, Poetry, Relationships, Uncategorized

Am I Dreaming?

A clandestine affair
hidden passions and desires
lust gone too far

Beyond these walls
we know not of one another
Intimacy evoking emotions that mimic love

I close my eyes

Will I see you again?

© 2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf