A-to-Z Challenge: Anchored

Ahoy mateys! After being inspired by many bloggers, I’ve decided to join the fun in this A-to-Z Blogging Challenge! If you’re new to my blog, I generally enjoy writing about a variety of subjects (fiction, poetry, dreams, food, nature, photography, quotes, humor, culture ) based on various prompts I discover. So, brace yourselves, I need to catch up! πŸ˜‰

β€œLet us not remain anchored in the quicksand of a waning past, and lose the war on obliviousness, but let us listen to the bracing sounds of new horizons, grasp the enchantment of the fleeting instants and seize the cleverness of the moment. (Could time be patient?)” 

Erik Pevernagie

In lightning, I see the “enchantment of the fleeting instant“. As I listen to the roaring thunder, a “bracing sound of a new horizon” accompanies it. A few days ago, I was faced with my own lightning bolt: a decision that scared me, but it was one that could better my life if I decided to take the leap.

The failure of one of my past experiences that I had when I was a teenager was paralyzing me in the present day. “What if it happens again?” The “anchor to the tide of my past was dragging me around in its current mercilessly. The “rhythm in my chest” of my heart beat was pounding heavily. I swiftly combated this thought with a quote by former U.S. first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I stared at my vision board that I made earlier this year hoping to find some solace and motivation. Is time patient? I don’t know. Some days, time seems to fly by so quickly. Other days, it’s slow as molasses. My urgent lightning bolt seemed to slow down for me as I worked through my thoughts.

After a few moments of silence, I said farewell to the feelings I had as a teenager during those early experiences and seized the “cleverness of the moment” at hand. I decided to go for it! Did I just become a daredevil? πŸ˜‰

β€œThe measure of a man is not in how he gets knocked to the mat, it is in how he gets up.”

Jeph Loeb

Previous Posts in 2019 A to Z Challenge
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

In response to:

  • Laura Bailey’s Manic Mondays: Anchored
  • Helene Vaillant’s What Do You See?: 4/2/19
  • VJ Knutson’s Weekly Challenge: Farewell
  • Word of the Day Challenge: Daredevil

21 Comments Add yours

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Good for you for not letting a failure in adolescence dictate your grownup success! Thanks for joining in – there is much wisdom and insight in this post, not to mention how you have cleverly addressed all these prompts.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you VJ! Often, I’ve forgotten just how much I’ve learned and experienced between then and now. It was good to think about it.

      1. V.J. Knutson says:

        Sometimes we need to do that sort of inventory. Good for you.

  2. iScriblr says:

    Love everything about this post! Heartwarming!❀️

    Welcome to the tribe! πŸ˜‰

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Richa! 😊 Boy, what a fun tribe! β€πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Laura!❀😊

  3. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    The storm we face in life, especially one that wants to revisit from your teenage years is definitely scary. I love the quote
    β€œDo one thing every day that scares you.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt.

    You have done an exceptional post while using these prompts, weaving them all into a heartwarming message.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Helene! 😊❀ it isn’t easy, but it’s certainly rewarding. Many good things can come out of such endeavors.

  4. Olga says:

    Love the idea of “seizing the cleverness of the moment”. That’s where inspiration begins and possibly new horizons. Wonderful post. ❀

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Olga! 😊❀Thats true! There’s so much to take in the moment! It reminds of the mantra Carpe Diem, Dead poets society. πŸ’‘

      1. Olga says:

        Interesting that you say that. My oldest daughter has Carpe Diem as a tattoo on her arm. πŸ™‚

        1. theresaly520 says:

          Haha, You don’t say! That’s a first I’ve heard for a tattoo! πŸ˜€

  5. Survivor says:

    Of course you never actually mention what that adolescent anchor was. I am so CURIOUS!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Haha! Well I guessed I won the Mystery Blogger Award for a reason. My boyfriend is reading my blog for clues as to what it may be!! I said I’ll share it in a few months.πŸ˜‰β€

  6. MNL says:

    congratulations on joining the a to z challenge. I am doing it too — on both blogs (and instagram but the haiku instagram is just a repost). I’m cheering you on and good luck with catching up. I see you’ve already go the first three up

  7. Violet Lentz says:

    Beautiful empowered rendering of so many prompts! Excellent write!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you, Ms. Violet!

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