Daily Prompt: Isn’t Your Face Red

When was the last time you were embarrassed? How do you react to embarrassment? 

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RED.

 Firstly I must apologise for the lack of posts in the last week or so – my laptop has been broken since the beginning of last week and I haven’t been free at my lunch-hour to write anything. I promise I will go through the Daily Prompts I’ve missed as well as sharing some other things too in the next while. To be honest the whole thing is a bit embarrassing but oh well…

Usually I maintain complete composure when I get embarrassed. However this wasn’t always the case. When I was a kid I would often go bright rouge when I got embarrassed by a teacher correcting me or if another, meaner kid pulled a prank. As I gained more and more maturity I felt as if I was more in control of myself. Even recently, I have actively been aware of both becoming more analytical and sure of everything I do, as well as becoming actively more aware of becoming actively more aware!

When I first experienced becoming more reflective, I gathered my wits and faced the reality of things – that I was in control of what I did, and that meant I was in control of what everyone saw as I got embarrassed. This saved me a lot of pain, because gradually people stopped picking on me just for the redness and the reaction. Nowadays I do (or try to do) the same, and stop showing embarrassment quite as much. That being said, I often do it unintentionally – purely out of habit. Doesn’t mean I’m not embarrassed about the lack of posts…

Other embarrassments:

  1. The Cell Phone at Crystal Lake (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  2. Red Christmas | muffinscout
  3. Ignored | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Song of the fallen | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. An Angel’s envy | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  6. DP Daily Prompt: Isn’t Your Face Red | Sabethville
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Daily Prompt: BFFs

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from the person you’re the closest to?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us FRIENDS.

 One of the things about me that some find strange is that I don’t have one person that I am especially close to. I have my best friends – plural. They are a mixture of men and women, of different talents and different personalities, and I have different opinions of them all. A best friend of mine is someone who I have interest in, and someone who has interest in me, and who I get on especially well with, not to mention someone I trust – someone I can confide in, someone I can tell something to keep as a secret.

The great thing about having so many close friends is that questions like these become so much easier. Each of my best friends have admirable qualities, qualities you can learn from, as well as qualities which bring out good and bad qualities of your own. Someone who can help you learn about yourself can be interesting, and if they have other qualities which you like (as my friends have) then you can also have a great time.

The biggest thing that I have learnt from the people I am closest to is that I am better than I thought I was. The fact that I managed to become best friends with all these amazing people shows, as they said once, that I have to be equally as nice. As I remember I appreciated this confidence boost in what was a bad time. I have never, and still haven’t, had much confidence in my personality or abilities, but my friends make me feel better – in whatever interpretation you may choose of that word.

The one thing I have yet to learn from them is whether I can pay them back for all they’ve done for me in the time I’ve known them. Let this be an Ode to my friends.

  1. Friends | The Magic Black Book
  2. You want to see best friends against the world? | From One Crazy Life To Another
  3. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Journeyman
  4. Voices | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. A Speck Of Green – Part 1(Looking for Dad) | The Jittery Goat
  6. Kith and kin | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: BFFs | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  8. things to learn | y
  9. Learning the lesson of love… Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. DP Daily Prompt: BFFS | Sabethville
  11. Daily Prompt – Lesson Learned: A Haiku; Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | LisaRosier.com

Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does

Tell us about the nicest thing you’ve ever done.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us KINDNESS.

 Sorry for yet another late post today guys – I have been extremely busy with music, and my lunch-break from 1 till 2 was taken up by playing bass guitar in a new trad.(Scottish traditional music to be clear) group! However, I have dedicated myself to Post a Day, and post a day I shall!

This evening I had to ask what was the nicest thing I’ve ever done, because I genuinely never think I do anything particularly nice. Someone said that the nicest thing I’ve done, and still do, is listening to people. I think the reason that I don’t know what ‘kind’ things I do is because the word ‘kind’ doesn’t click in my head. Decency is what I consider it as, and always have. As with many aspects of my personality, this probably originated from the years of bullying and the absence of ‘kindness’. At that point in my life any kindness I took as decency, mainly because I was so angry at the world. However, when I say I don’t know what kind things I do, I don’t mean I’m angry at the world, but I am just used to seeing kindness as decency because, ultimately, to be kind is just a decent thing to do.

As a musician, I like to reflect on things through listening. It helps me to think. This is why my friends often find it easy to talk to me about their troubles, because I listen with interest and give it thought. If they wrote the problems on a piece of paper and gave it to me to read, I don’t think I would a) be nearly as engaged or b) come up with as good solutions. But I’ve been doing this forever it seems, it’s part of me. Does that make it kindness then? Kindness, to me, equates to a considerate and perhaps helpful act that you make/do out of your way, comfort zone, or out of your ordinary nature. I do that occasionally, but the other things I do that others also consider kind I do not find to be ‘kind’, only decent and sensitive. Tell me – is that kindness?

Other kindnesses:

  1. To Serve Mankind | The Jittery Goat
  2. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. The Everyday Sexism Project, Caesar and John Lennon | AS I PLEASE
  4. Nice – very nice 🙂 | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Kids get to me faster than anyone | From One Crazy Life To Another
  6. Kindness | My Little Avalon
  7. DP Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | Sabethville
  8. Host | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  9. Is it false to be nice? | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  10. The Daily Post: Nicety Nice : SiegMom
  11. Violins, cars and stereos: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  12. 365 days of defiance
  13. Daily Prompt: Nice is as Nice Does | Thoughts of an INFP
  14. Be Nice | A mom’s blog
  15. Daily prompt: Nice as nice does | The Wandering Poet
  16. Nice is as Nice Does – Daily Prompt « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  17. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  18. smile | yi-ching lin photography
  19. Daily Post: Nice is as Nice Does | a Portia Adams adventure
  20. DP Challenge Nice Is as Nice Does/ Helping Hand | Living and Lovin
  21. Daily prompt: nice is as nice does | ferwam
  22. DP challenge: Kindness | Busy Mind Thinking
  23. stumbled | Musings from a practical mystic
  24. Nice Is as Nice Does | The Nameless One
  25. Another Moment of Kindness | Geek Ergo Sum
  26. Tell us about the nicest thing you’ve ever done. | LiteralGospel
  27. Daily Prompt: Being Nice | Paul Davis
  28. A Treat Dispenser… | Haiku By Ku
  29. Daily Prompt: Nice as Nice Does | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  30. Act of Kindness to change the World. | Chimerical Chicanery
  31. Body Dysmorphia | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  32. If I Had a Pass | A Good One
  33. Daily Writing Prompt | My Moment of Kindness | Sam Wight’s Blog
  34. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | Awl and Scribe
  35. Man’s Best Friend | L5GN
  36. When Niceness Meets the Sermon on the Mount | meanderedwanderings
  37. Is Nice The Meanest Word In The English Language? | froodian pseudoanalysis
  38. Nice is as Nice Does: The Jacket | The Shotgun Girls
  39. Why ? | Shadows Of The Divine
  40. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | littlegirlstory
  41. Daily Prompt:Kindness « Sithiram
  42. Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  43. Thank You Masked Man/ Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  44. Daily Prompt: Nice Is As Nice Does | One Starving Activist
  45. Altruism and Survival | Stephanie auf Reisen
  46. I’m a Nice Person. But Why? | Read Me
  47. Kindness Conquers Loneliness….wp daily prompt | Daily Observations
  48. Daily Prompt: Being Nice! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  49. I won’t lie – my first instinct was one of Oh Shit. | thoughtsofrkh
  50. Be True | Chasing A Dream
  51. Asking Is A Nice Thing! – Passionately Bored
  52. Nice, SuperNice | To Pursue Happiness
  53. Scha-wing! | The Playground
  54. Kindness of strangers | Mishe en Place
  55. On a clear day !! | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  56. I’m Probably a Terrible Human Being | jigokucho

Daily Prompt: Predictions

There are 344 days remaining in the year. Describe what you’d like to be doing on day 211. (Hint: that’s July 30th.)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us the FUTURE.

Usually my brother and I don’t get along at all. We are exact opposites in every way imaginable. We both have completely different interests, completely different looks, completely different ways of approaching things, etc. That being said July 30th is the only day we get along. It’s his birthday.

This one day I make him feel even more in the centre of attention (he’s a bit of a drama queen) and make an effort to not get annoyed. I usually get him a present too, something quite large and reasonably expensive too! It’s my way of trying to get to him and try to make a fresh year. As he gets older by another year, I expect a certain level of maturity, more so every year. This is natural of course.

When my brother was born I thought (or so I was told by our mum) that my little brother was the most wonderful thing in the universe. When we were little he would come with the other four of us to play in our village where we lived at the time, and we had a lot of fun together. Then when we moved away from the village things became more turbulent. My brother is and always has been a softy. He used to hate water-fights, because he didn’t like being the victim even if everyone else was also getting soaked! When we moved into the city, he had to move school, and this caused him a lot of problems.

He used to get bullied by older kids at primary school. This stopped happening after he had made some friends in his year, however I remember him staying off school a lot because he hated it so much. He wouldn’t let our mum leave him alone. It was quite scary to watch someone be petrifying by the idea of school, something I’ve never particularly disliked (although he and I went to very different schools). He made it though his primary years though, and by the end he was much more confident. His next task then was to move up to high school, and this also proved difficult for him. When he moved into his first year at high school, much older, bigger kids would tease and swear at him, and, for him, I think this was like a recurring nightmare. For several weeks he was quite shaky, however when he came out of it you could sense a change. He had become so much more unforgiving, so much older.

This was the biggest change in his attitude towards our mum and I, and he would get annoyed by everything we did, shouting verbal abuse all the time. He never did any work, and I think he just has no motivation. I can just imagine the thoughts running through his head, “No one’s ever helped me so why should I help them?“. This in itself is silly because our mum especially has always been very supportive of us. However I think there’s an interesting idea here.

Everyone goes on about kids entering their “teenage years” and how it will bring mayhem and so forth. This being said, I think the cause of this is because of all these new experiences. I think that people overestimate the stress capacity of such a young mind. I would know. I think that teachers should be  more forgiving and helpful to young teens who find the whole experience of moving to a bigger school with older, bigger, often meaner kids very stressful and wearing. That should be the future.

Futures of other universes (blogs):

    1. Timeline Of The Far Future | AS I PLEASE
    2. Story Throw Up | Lewis Cave
    3. On July 30th I’ll Be Drawing A Blank | The Jittery Goat
    4. DP Daily Prompt: Predictions | Sabethville
    5. perhaps one out of | y
    6. future | yi-ching lin photography
    7. Daily Prompt: Predictions | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
    8. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Thoughts of an INFP
    9. 254. July 30, 2014 | Barely Right of Center
    10. Fate | Active Army Wife
    11. july 30, 2014 | Life Love Lily
    12. The thing I would like to do on day 211: Thanks to Allah | Write for learning
    13. Predictions – A Daily Prompt Post | My Little Avalon
    14. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Willow Blackbird
    15. Just messing about on the river: Daily prompt | alienorajt
    16. July 30th, 2014 « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
    17. Daily Prompt: Predictions | A Day In The Life
    18. After 211 days… | Read Me
    19. What the Heck Could I Doing On July 30th 2014 | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
    20. Der, Die, Das…Was? | Mishe en Place
    21. The Rock | L5GN
    22. Give Me A Break | Wanderlein
    23. A Bright Future | A mom’s blog
    24. Developing Prediction Senses | Ako Si Ehm Blog
    25. “Predictions” | Relax
    26. Hump Day, Metathesis, and Discipleship | meanderedwanderings
    27. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
    28. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Finding Life
    29. As I look into the Crystal Ball | Unlocking The Inner Creative
    30. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Basically Beyond Basic
    31. The business of writing | Kate Murray
    32. Daily Prompt: Through the Looking | One Starving Activist
    33. Will They Come True? | Flowers and Breezes
    34. Predictions | Geek Ergo Sum
    35. Predictions: July 30th | A Patchwork Life
    36. In the Future | One Crazy Mom
    37. Guest Blog Post by Precious and Coco (Kitty Cats): How To Be The Perfect Cat Person
    38. 211/365 | The Colours of Confetti
    39. of unwanted complications « Anawnimiss
    40. Chasing Dreams | Real Life Co.
    41. I can predict the future! | Love.Books.Coffee.
    42. The Future | The Land Slide Photography
    43. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Under the Monkey Tree
    44. Daily Prompt: Predictions – Hoping for major advances in the HIV field while saying goodbye to Australia « psychologistmimi
    45. Pee Here Now Part 2/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
    46. Daily Prompt: Predictions/Future | A Taste of Morning
    47. Daily Prompt: Life on day 211 | Life’s So Sweet

Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Tell us about a time when everything actually turned out exactly as you’d hoped.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERFECT.

 It’s one of life’s pleasures when you experience something perfect, or something that has turned out perfect. As a musician and performer I always want a performance to turn out the best it possibly can, and this has rubbed off on other areas of my life as well.

For example, I am never quite satisfied with what I write, whether that be a blog post, a story or even a piece of music. I am my toughest critic. I can be quite the perfectionist – half measures aren’t good enough. I think this originated, it has to be said, when I started receiving large amounts of criticism from other children when I moved primary school, and has been something that has affected many areas of my life ever since, including confidence in myself, my abilities and my work. So when something turns out perfect it really must be perfect, because everything I do seems less adequate to myself than others might think.

Music gives me the greatest amount of liberty in life I think. When I play music, I am communicating with my audience, or even just to myself. I am speaking my mind through another language. Music is a language – it’s the language of emotion. There is so much more you can express through music, I find, than expressing things with words, and I use it largely for that purpose because it gives me vast amounts of happiness and enjoyment, as well as satisfaction.

I enjoy playing with friends in chamber groups because it’s like a perfectly harmonious conversation between players, and the more you perfect how you play the music (or the more you get it closer to how you want to express it) the more harmonious it becomes. I am generally not someone who is open with their deepest emotions, however this is a subtle way of digging deep into your heart and finding a way to say these things. That’s why I love music especially.

Recently I performed with four friends the 3rd movement of Schubert’s String Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos, in two concerts. The wonderful thing about this movement is that it has two contrasting sections – it starts with a joyous, fast-moving and extravagant Scherzo, which is in a major key, and then moves onto a fairly slow, relaxed, expressive and utterly beautiful Trio, and then it returns to the Scherzo for a fantastic ending. I strongly suggest it – you can find a YouTube video here. This recording is quite good, largely because of the communication between the players, although I’m not a massive fan of the cellists in this one – however the violinists and the viola player are fantastic, so it’s well worth the listen!

We have been carefully working on this movement for a few months now, and we are also doing the 1st and 2nd movements now, as well as entering the Edinburgh Competition Festival with the 3rd movement. I love playing chamber music, and writing chamber music too, all because I love the communication between players. Understanding that connection is the key to both writing and playing chamber music, and without it there would be no purpose I don’t think. As I felt when playing the Schubert above, chamber music is just perfect.

Other perfections:

  1. The Obligatory Gushing New York Post | AS I PLEASE
  2. Walt Won’t Talk About Religion, But Will Talk About Politics | The Jittery Goat
  3. No Vision – no Courage | A Teacher’s Blog
  4. All It’s Cracked Up to Be | Geek Ergo Sum
  5. Snow tree | muffinscout
  6. of dancing with strange men « Anawnimiss
  7. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be | The Wandering Poet
  8. Chiaroscuro – Sheep | artinstructor
  9. Wave Painting Finished | artinstructor
  10. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be | Thoughts of an INFP
  11. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be | What a beautiful mess I’m in
  12. Remember that time… | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  13. All It’s Cracked Up to Be: Purrfect & Not So Purrfect! | Khana’s Web
  14. DP Daily Prompt:All it’s cracked up to Be http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/daily-prompt-perfect/ | Sabethville
  15. Just a Perfect Day | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  16. Turning 40 is all it cracked up to be! « Dancing with Fireflies
  17. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be w/ Secret Sub-prompt: did you just say “bite me”? | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  18. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be « cognitive reflection
  19. Doric Perfection | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  20. It’s the Little Things . . . | meanderedwanderings
  21. Distant Memories | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  22. Chateau de la Madeleine, Chevreuse, France | RinnyWee
  23. below | yi-ching lin photography
  24. A Perfect Day | Flowers and Breezes
  25. Answered Prayers | Active Army Wife
  26. Quest for the Perfect Story | theauthorwhoknows
  27. The Perfect Moment | My Little Avalon
  28. Day 8: What I see 🙂 | gypsy thoughts ..
  29. If you look for Perfection, you’ll never be Content | An Upturned Soul
  30. Better Than Perfect | Mishe en Place
  31. All It’s Cracked Up To Be | Just Visiting This Planet
  32. Just one shade of gray | Stories from aside
  33. Facets | johnny ojanpera
  34. Daily Prompt : All It’s Cracked Up to Be | Nicole Sloan’s Writing
  35. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up To Be | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  36. Daily Prompt: All It’s Cracked Up to Be | Awl and Scribe
  37. Pantomime Dame’s Weakest Link?! | alienorajt
  38. 252. Picture Perfect | Barely Right of Center
  39. Chat Time, Chatime | Le Journal D’Une Cheval Noire

Daily Prompt: The Outsiders

Tell us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us OUTSIDE.

I have spoken of, on this blog, of the bullies I had to put up with at primary school and early high school. It was torture. I was a small kid, the youngest in his year by several months, from the rural countryside with a slight lisp (which left as I moved towards upper primary). I had just moved to the city to attend school, and I was travelling for two hours up and two hours back in a car to get to and from school. Exhausting physically and mentally on an eight year old kid who knew nothing of city life, who got a bad time from inconsiderate teachers who knew nothing of the feeling of being on the outside.

People underestimate the power of small kids on other kids. Even in what I thought was a modern society to be growing up in I got a bad time, and this affected my schoolwork. I got annoyed, I got stressed out – yet I managed to keep myself in check better than the bullies who got away with murder, so to speak. It’s frustrating even now for me to have someone disregard your efforts, through all you may encounter in life.  Some people may say that by hating others disregarding your efforts you are a self-centred person. Well it’s the exact opposite because I hate being centre of attention, I generally don’t think about myself.

I spent last night writing two pages of thoughts (which I never do) on paper, explaining to myself what I feel like, gaining some kind of idea of what might be the cause of what I’m feeling right now, even if it isn’t dealing with bullies. Complications have made me somewhat uneasy and now I have this buzzing energy inside my head, noticeably at night, like I’m on edge. This has resulted in a week’s worth of insomnia. I’d prefer not to say what it is that’s bothering me on the blog, but I can tell you this: I feel like I did. I feel like an outsider. I feel like my efforts are doing no good. I want to do good. I heard a Priest (which is surprising since I am not religious in any shape or form) tell the story of the three brothers, the camels and the Magi, which is also a popular maths puzzle. Despite not being religious there is a lesson learnt here:

“No matter how poor you are, you can share and give emotionally, physically and in your worldly belongings. By not sharing and giving these things, even if you yourself are poor, you will never get anything out of it. Nothing will come of it. But by sharing you will help. You may [such as in the story he told] even get a profit.”

It caught my ear, because it is of particular relevance to myself. I give. I am actively giving more. I am actively learn how to give more. But what happens when you lose faith in yourself? What happens when you feel singled out? You begin to feel on the outside.