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Waiting for a Persimmon to Ripen

Good evening everyone! VJ’s prompt about ripening has me thinking about quite a few things today. With fall looming around the corner, I couldn’t help but think of persimmons with its bright orange color! It is a mighty fruit packed with some powerful benefits:

  • Aids in weight loss & its fiber promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Can help regulate sugar in blood for diabetics
  • Rich source of phytochemicals which helps in warding off inflammatory infections
  • Anti-hemorrhagic properties which helps control excessive bleeding
  • Helps with hypertension because of its low sodium levels
  • Source of vitamin C to strengthen immune system
  • Source of vitamin A, shibuol, betulinic acid to help fight cancer
  • Source of a complex vitamin B which helps improve eye health
  • Source of copper which helps iron absorption and produces red blood cells
  • Source of potassium which helps retain significant minerals
  • Natural energizer relieving stress and exhaustion
  • Has some anti-aging properties as seen in some soap and this beauty blogger review of Amalie Beauty Persimmon Anti-Aging Nightcreme

My thoughts begin to wander onto some quotes, however…

“Age is not all decay. It is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within that withers and bursts the husk.”

George McDonald

My father used to grow some persimmon trees in our backyard. They come in two varieties: astringent and non-astringent. When they’re not ripe, biting into one leaves a bitter taste that lingers in your mouth taking its time before it leaves your tongue. With a little more patience, you can taste a wonderfully sweet fruit which makes the wait worth it.

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts, author

A rather interesting analogy to segway into some new events in my life. I recently got hired to be a technical writer at a cybersecurity firm! Very excited by this new development and chapter of my journey. Yet, it took me a while to get to this point. Many times I felt rather impatient with my own growth, but in hindsight, it took some time for my knowledge and information gained from my studies to mature before it was finally ready to be put into action.

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgement requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

Calvin Coolidge, Former U.S. president

It’s been a few days since I’ve drank from this firehose of this major life transition – a constant outpouring of new ideas to take in, process, and from that immense gulp, I’m responsible for creating a grand tool that can unlock a whole new world of possibilities for my coworkers and myself.

“Nothing is finer for the purposes of great productions, than a very gradual ripening of the intellectual powers.”

John Keats

I should really slow down though as the quote above reminds me of the fine potential that can be derived from a gradual ripening. 😉 That said, I feel like a giddy metal worker dancing amidst the flying sparks as I’m in creation mode!

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#FOTD- Flowers for Miss Helene

Rest in peace dear Helene

Death, A Sacred Mystery…

Good evening everyone, I feel a sense of loss as I learned from bloggers, Fandango, WillowDot21, Idorun, Jordy, that Helene has passed away. She was such a beautiful spirit and author of What Do You See Weekly Challenge. I feel sad that I cannot even re-read all of her beautiful poems again. Like many others, I loved her sweet comments and thought-provoking, lovely images that so many of us responded to each week.

When I was a young girl, I read a book called, “A Begonia for Miss Applebaum”, by Paul Zindel. Two teenagers, Henry and Zelda, brought their favorite teacher a begonia and soon learned that she had cancer. Miss Applebaum taught them quite a few more life lessons before she passed. I remembered that this book was poignant, gentle, charming, and silly at times. I also remembered wondering if a teacher like Miss Applebaum would come into my life.

Miss Helene was one of those favorite teachers. I’m glad that I got to meet her here in the blogosphere. In honor of her memory, I would like to dedicate these photos of flowers that I took this past week to her. She has forever touched my heart. ❤

Cee’s #FOTD

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Joseph Campbell

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The Elephant in the Room

“Avoiding conflict of even the tiniest kind, she was exactly the…”

Page 7, Line 5 of Ghosts and Echoes by Lyn Benedict

…wrong person for the job. Elysia belonged in the safe confines of her research lab. Yet, here she is face to face with a gigantic elephant waiting for the perfect opportunity to ram into her! It thrashed its trunk around claiming dominance of its territory. 

In contrast to the renowned elephant whisperer and South African conservationist, Lawrence Anthony, she might hit a brick wall trying to bond with this one! She remembered watching that video of Stampy, the Violent Elephant. Who knows what this one who seems twice as big will do to her?

How does one end up in this position, you may ask? 

Well, it started off with a visit to the chief of a local village who were mourning the loss of their elephant, Giggles. She died due to an unknown illness which ravaged her body. Giggles helped the natives carry many supplies over long distances. The children enjoyed the elephant’s incessant cheerfulness. She was quick to smile and enjoyed playing pranks on the kids with her trunk. 

Elysia’s expertise is in epidemiology of cancer in animals. Her boss sent her to the field to investigate the causes of this unknown illness before it spreads to other animals in the village. She just arrived in the country a week ago. She walked up to the chief and offered her condolences, “Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!”

The chief let out a heavy sigh and wasn’t sure how to address the elephant in the room, “No elephant will ever replace Giggles, but we need a new elephant to help us carry heavy supplies. Otherwise, we will suffer greatly.”

Elysia reassured him with a hug, “I’ll see what I can do.”

*** A few weeks later ***

“How am I suppose to bring this guy back?” Elysia yells out in frustration.

So, what does she do to calm herself down? She sings the lyrics of a video she watched this morning, “Hymn for the Weekend” by Cold Play pushing what happened to caterpillar to the far back of her mind. Her sister sent her an unconventional hymn this past weekend.

Once she reaches the verse:
“Oh, angel sent from up above
You know you make my world light up
When I was down, when I was hurt
You came to lift me up”

She begins praying to angels to give her the information she needs to calmly bring this elephant back to the village. She felt a little silly, but all of the sudden an idea flashed before her eyes. 

She recently visited a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa called Elephants Alive which discussed elephant psychology and the many emotions they experienced. She does what most people in this situation wouldn’t do.

She decides to stop moving and stand very still on top of this rock in the ground.

After waiting for the few tension-ridden minutes that felt like years, the elephant didn’t feel threatened by her presence, and calmly stood there. 

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