WEEKLY TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #SYNONYMSONLY

Each week our challenge has a twist and this week it was to find synonyms for the words: “imagine & gratitude.” Kat Myrman selected some fine words. Congratulations to all the poets who participated. You are all stars!

Here’s everyone that joined in:

1.Padre 7.Dave Madden 13.Kerfe Roig 
2.Trent 8.Cheryl 14.Donna Matthews 
3.willowdot21 9.Goutam Dutta 15.M J Mallon 
4.Jules 10.anita dawes 16.Linda Lee Lyberg 
5.Kat 11.Elizabeth Adams 17.Pat R 
6.Larry Trasciatti 12.s. s. 18.

Shadorma poems seem to dominate the stage this week. There were so many great poems. I could barely choose just one poem.

Ultimately, I went with Kerfe Roig‘s shadorma, “VETERANS DAY NYC 2020” There was a poignancy there not only for Veteran’s Day, but for the whole of 2020. Kerfe’s word, “ghost-boots” lends imagery to her words. I could hear the ghostly clicking of heels marching down the street in formation. This shadorma really touched my heart.

Congratulations, Kerfe, it’s your turn to pick the synonyms for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

VETERANS DAY NYC 2020

salutes spaced
between vehicles–
ghost-boots march
silently
in formation—echos caught
in mind’s eye–the tears

©2020 Kerfe Roig

Kerfe adds:

“As with seemingly every celebration in 2020, the Veteran’s Day parade today here in NYC was largely symbolic–”a caravan of 100 vehicles with no spectators”–a shadow of the usual ceremony of 20-30,000 participants.”

source: https://kblog.blog/2020/11/11/veterans-day-nyc-2020/

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 202, #SYNONYMSONLY

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

This week, Kat Myrman, from Like Mercury Colliding, selected the words:

Imagine & Gratitude

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select a poem and share it on my blog as part of the Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars. Whoever I pick will choose the words for next month’s challenge!

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet below:

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Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

writerlywords.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I’ve been using this site to compose my poems. This site does the hard work for you. (howmanysyllables.com has malicious code on it. DO NOT use)

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THE RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: #Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #Renga, #SoloRenga, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, or #Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

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I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #Renga, #SoloRenga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Have fun and write some poetry!


Mindful Monday: Little Things

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I often joke about having teenagers in the house, and I’m sure everyone can relate to that at some point – the drama that never ends! But it’s not all raging hormones and family battles, and it’s important to remember, and even marvel at, the little things. Those declarations of love that equate to sunshine on a cloudy day. Every time one of my daughter’s leaves me a note, a few simple lines to remind me how much I’m loved – it fills me with unadulterated joy. I’m often overwhelmed by how thoughtful they are, and each message is a treasure.

Then there are letters, those gems that are always welcome – especially when they fall on the mat with a delightful little thud. An indication that, behind the envelope, there are words meant only for us. Whenever I receive a letter it brightens my day and I’m thankful. We may lead busy lives, but we’re reminded constantly how fortunate we are – even when the going gets tough.

As Colleen trusted me with the Mindful Monday message today, and because I really enjoy her glorious infographics, I’ve created one for you all. Just a few ideas on how you can inject a little joy and share your messages of gratitude.

Thanks again for stopping by. If you have any more ideas, or just want to talk about your experience giving and receiving notes, please leave them in the comments.

Mel

Mindful Monday – Gratitude and Affirmations: A Powerful Pair by Marianne Coyne

Hello, everyone! It’s a joy to be with you here today on Silver Threading. When Colleen asked me to guest post about gratitude journals on Mindful Mondays, I was pleasantly surprised and quite honored. My first guest post – I was excited and raring to get to it! Then I sat down at the computer with my cup of coffee and thought, “Where do I begin?” Hmmm…I don’t seem to have this problem when I write posts for my blog, Leisure Lane. So I decided coffee wasn’t going to cut it, I better get out the big guns – CHOCOLATE! Ah, that’s better – you know what I mean?

I’ve always read that it’s good to write down what you want in your life, or the things you’re grateful for. I had never been one for writing in a daily journal. I think because it seemed like too much work. But I had no idea what too much work was until circumstances forced me into my present job.

Prior to getting this job, seven years ago, I had been on a four-year intense and wonderful spiritual journey. For the first time in years, I was experiencing peace, joy, and contentment. And fear, which had been my constant companion, had been nearly completely wiped away from my consciousness.

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As an artist and writer, this job was not really what I wanted to do with my precious time. But I had learned quite a bit on my spiritual journey, and so I decided that I would take my peace and my joy into this new job, and perhaps make a difference there. Boy, oh boy, was that naïve! Peace? Joy? That’s not what this grocery store ordered. They weren’t going to have any of that. Just stand in your spot and don’t say a word to anyone unless you’re selling the product we tell you to sell. That was their motto, and they were sticking to it. Needless to say there are a lot of discontented employees there, and little by little I was becoming part of that discontentment. The negativity is so thick you really could cut it with the proverbial knife.

After years of working in that harsh, negative, unforgiving, and demanding environment, I was losing everything I had gained within myself. I began to join in the grumbling and complaining. And a day off here and there was not enough to refill what was being sucked out of me. I was not only exhausted physically and mentally, but I was turning into something I didn’t recognize or like…a very negative person. And to make matters worse, I had cornered myself into this sort of retail position.

Then three years ago, I knew I had to do something. So I decided that every night when I got into bed, I would write down one thing…just one thing I was grateful for. I didn’t care what it was, just as long as I recognized a blessing somewhere in my day. So I found a little spiral notebook, and one evening I began…My Gratitude List.

 

I found out that I could think of not only one thing, but two or three – from a cool breeze, to the life and breathe of my son. Then the next night, I was grateful for air conditioning on hot days and heat on cold days; for my good health; for clean water…the lists began to get longer, as I began to find more things to be grateful for.

 

 

As this progressed, my gratitude journal began to turn into an affirmation journal. Gratitude and affirmations seem to go hand in hand. I began affirming not only the good that was already in my life but the good I wanted to come into my life.

 

 

Well, three years and four journals later, I still appreciate and affirm in writing. And I enjoy going back and reading the older ones. I can see what has come to pass, or happen upon something that I need reminding of.

If you have a gratitude journal, please let us know how it works for you. If you’ve never written a gratitude journal, I encourage you to begin now.

 

You can write in different colors, draw pictures, or cut and paste pictures from magazines that help you to envision the life you want, or things that make you happy. I’ve even added scripture verses, personalizing them with my name, or the name of a loved one.

Make it your very own. Utilize it whenever you desire…in the quiet of the morning to set your day; in the afternoon to refresh your day, or at night to meditate on your day. Don’t stress yourself about it. If you can’t write in it once in a while, be fine with it, and just do it another day.

This is your life, these are your blessings. Recognizing them, and engaging your gratitude and emotions in them open the door for more to come through to you.

The store hasn’t changed, but I’ve learned how to adjust my thoughts and emotions. Through keeping a journal, I’ve learned what I need to do to take better care of myself in that situation while inviting new and creative opportunities into my Life. That store will not always be in my life, but gratitude will be. Affirming the positive with our thoughts and words is what we’re built to do. We flourish and thrive from it. And that’s truly something to be grateful for.

Thank you for joining in on Mindful Mondays, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Find Marianne on Twitter, and Pinterest

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

I want to give a very special thanks to Marianne for sharing her gratitude journal with all of us. I know that I am going to start my own gratitude journal and I hope you will join us! Have a fabulous week everyone!

Mindful Monday – The Path to Happiness


Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.

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Happiness is like an elusive butterfly, always flying just out of our reach, landing on our shoulder the next minute, giving us a glimpse of the joy that blinds us with its beauty. What is happiness? How do we get it?

Happiness is defined as how satisfied you feel about your life, and how good you feel each day. To me, happiness is a choice I try to make each day. This is a mindful choice, not just some random thought that pops up into my head as I drink my coffee each morning. Nope, it is something that I decide all on my own.

There are some days though, I just can’t go there. Usually, this means that I am overwhelmed, tired, or stressed! The days I wake up on the wrong side of the bed are the days that I wonder about happiness the most. How can I be unhappy? I just woke up and nothing has even occurred in my life to provoke my not being happy.

Much of our happiness is gleaned from our thoughts and actions. I find it interesting that we humans tend to get used to our life circumstances after a while. It turns out that circumstances do not play as large a role in defining our own happiness after all. Happiness is a skill that we can hone to fit into our life if we just take the time to practice it.

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Whenever I find myself questioning my own happiness is when I start to think about all the people and things that make me feel grateful for where I am at this stage of my life. That is when I realize that my happiness is in my own hands. I discovered that when I change my outlook on the world my thoughts become empowering and calming. I become motivated and productive. I am happy!

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Do you want to find out more about happiness? Check out hapify.com and learn about the science behind happiness.

Last week I talked about removing the like button from my blog. I tried it. It did not make me happy or anyone else happy. Guess what? I changed my outlook and the like button is back and here to stay. When I made that first decision to remove the like button, it was based on my needs, not anyone else’s needs. Once I read all of the wonderful comments for and against the like button, I realized that it was not about me. It was about my readers. You are important to me. You are who I write for. The like button is back and I feel much happier about the decision.

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Do you have any mindful goals this week?

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Mindful Monday-Are You in a Mindful Frame of Mind?

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Welcome to Mindful Monday!  I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  Each week I try to self discover new things about myself.  This week, I am going to share 7 Things Mindful People Do Differently:

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Image credit by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., of Mindful.org

Mindful Monday is all about getting in touch with your own goals about mindfulness.  This past week, I worked hard on getting all the tasks completed that I thought were important for the week.  I met most of my goals, however life got in the way for some.  There is nothing you can do about life and the way things shake out sometimes.  You know what?  I let people know that I would not be able to make the deadlines this week for a few things and then… I moved on!  I did not beat myself up, instead I accepted my imperfections and accepted that sometimes life just happens.  I lived in the moment and then let it go.

In fact, when I looked back at everything I did accomplish last week, I realized that what I thought were imperfections were simply snags in my path in life.  I had completed a fantastic amount of work around the house, (the painting should be done tomorrow Smile) and I had written some fabulous posts for my blog.  I actually appreciated what I had accomplished!  This was a fantastic feeling.  Show yourself gratitude for the person you are becoming.

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I have continued to practice mindful eating and the results are starting to pay off.  I drank 5 glasses of water a day, which is fantastic for me.  This has helped me recognize that I was more thirsty than I was hungry!  I am paying attention to my body.  Sounds simple right?  That is the whole idea with mindfulness.  The more you pay attention to, the more you understand about yourself. 

What are your mindful goals for this week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Thank you for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!

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Mindful Monday: Gratitude

Mindful Monday

To me, Mindful Monday encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.

Today, I feel the need to stress just how much “Gratitude,” should figure into your mindfulness-equation when you are self evaluating yourself and setting goals.

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Reciting gratitude mantras is a way of affirming to yourself just how fabulous and special your life truly is.  I am blessed, beyond all means.  I am so thankful for where I am at in my life.

Take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate all that you have in your own life.  Can you feel the gratitude washing over you and making you smile?

The “Gratitude Mantras” image above comes from Integrative Nutrition.com. They have an excellent blog to check out for more information.

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My friend Colline, of “Colline’s Blog, hosts a Gratitude Project each week to remind us to be thankful of all the good things in our life.

Last week, I dealt with how ‘change’ sometimes makes it difficult for me to meet my mindful goals.  I decided, as long as I thought positive about meeting my goals, when real life got in the way, I had to let go of my own self incrimination.  All that did was make me feel bad about myself – never my intention to begin with.

In fact, one of my blog friends pointed out I actually had achieved a goal I had set for myself, which was to get the tile work done in my house.  Maybe not a mindfulness goal, but still a goal no less.  It is easy to overlook the obvious sometimes.

As the renovation work in my home winds down, I will soon be able to return to my normal pattern of life.  I am thankful for my fantastic husband Ron, who wanted the tile work and new Pergo floors, as much as I did!

What are you thankful for this week?

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For more on mindfulness, visit my friend, Jade the Mystic.  He has an excellent blog where you will find all kinds of guidance.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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Gratitude Sunday–Holidays

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As part of Colline’s Gratitude Project, I would like to say how thankful I am for holidays.  Halloween is just around the corner and I dearly miss the days when my children were still home getting ready for Trick-or-Treat.  I loved carving pumpkins and all the fuss that came at that time of the year.

Everything about the holiday in our home, had to do with family.  With five kids it was always fun to dream up costumes that we could do ourselves.  It took many days of planning and brain storming to come up with ideas that the kids really loved.

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We always had someone who wanted to be a vampire (Tabitha), or the walking dead (Amy).  Billy lucked out that year and got to dress up like the Cracker Jack guy.

Even our all black Pomeranian, Pu-Chai, got into the holiday.  One year, Tabitha made bat wings we attached to the dog.  He proudly went Trick-or-Treating with the kids showing off his wings.  No matter what, we always had fun.

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Even today, my artistic daughter Tabitha still loves to dress up and attend Halloween parties.  Her Mexican Day of the Dead costume is dead-on!  (No pun intended). Smile  I plan on giving out candy on Halloween night.  What do you do to celebrate the holiday?

Thanks for creeping by to see what scary things I am up to.  I’ll see you again,

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Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday

Colline, of Colline’s Blog, sponsors a weekly Gratitude Project where she encourages us to be mindful of what we are thankful for each week.

This week I am thankful for the cool breezes blowing into our little part of the world – Pensacola, Florida.  It has been an excruciatingly hot summer here in the northwestern panhandle of Florida.  Last week, our temperatures dipped into the high 60’s F. in the mornings and the low 80’s F. during the day.  It has been sheer bliss.

Finally, it is beginning to feel like autumn.  I am looking forward to steamy cups of hot chocolate enjoyed outside while we are barbecuing, enjoying my hot tub/spa with a glass of Moscato wine, and cool misty morning walks with Sugar and Spice, my Pomeranians.  I am ready for some fall like weather!

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Autumn always makes me think of family.  The grandkids go back to school, the days get shorter, the nights get longer.  Halloween is just around the corner!  Fall is the prelude to the holiday season which for many is a stressful time of year.  I keep things simple and like to spend time with loved ones.  What do you do for the holidays?

These cooler temperatures have made me nostalgic for times long ago when my children were young and still living at home.  We always had myriads of activities to keep us busy, what with school, dances, homework, crafts, etc.  Thankfully my oldest daughter, Tabitha is coming for a visit from California in a week or so.  I am so excited!

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Yes, I am truly thankful for the cool sea breezes bring autumn along on their headwinds.  What are you thankful for this week?

Thanks for visiting and spending some time with me.  I will see you again,

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I AM Grateful For… A Job Finished

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Colline’s Blog  asks:  What have you been grateful for this week? 

Colline says, “Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created.”

This week I am grateful for the small things.  We finally got the landscaping and irrigation system project completed at our house.  It was a long two week stretch.  Dealing with the contractor ( I should say his workmen) was quite a process.  90 degree temperatures made it hard to work in the Pensacola, Florida clay!

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The dusty pink Crepe Myrtle was planted out front of our house.  The lacy leaved Japanese Maple was planted beside the garage.  The sod was laid covering up the area that used to be a planter.  River rock was strewn in the front gardens where the Gardenia bushes were planted, filling up the area.

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This morning I finished scattering grass seed on top of all the trenches left from installing the sprinklers.  Then, I spread dirt over the top of the seed so that it could have a chance to grow lovely green grass every where.

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I am THANKFUL the mess is gone and I have more time for blogging and writing!  ❤

Thanks for your visit.  Glad you could stop by.

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