Tenacity

Tenacity.I Survived Not Because...

There are certain times in life that seem to challenge us to overcome something.  To not just overcome, but survive and prevail. Perhaps you are in one of these times now.  If you are truly living, life just tends to bring its shares of shadows amidst the dancing and the joy.  The peaks and the valleys that change sometimes without warning.

Maybe you have been there before.  If so, what strengths or resources did you draw from to help you not only get through, but survive? What hard-learned lessons were gleaned from the past that you can build on now to help you claim victory?  You have the power…you are strong!

 

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons 

c2020

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Dare…

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.     ~  Seneca

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Photography: Birds

Pileated Woodpecker ( Dryocopus pileatus )

” Hey… You need a bigger suet block! ” 

This big bird surprised us today with a visit to our backyard feeding station. He actually made it onto the suet block by wrapping himself around it. But he made it work. There were actually a pair of woodpeckers, but only one was tempted by the bird food.

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Nikon D7200, Tamron 200-600, ISO 800, 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f/8, no flash, crop only. (Top photo). Second photo not as sharp as bird and cage swaying or spinning due to his size. I will continue to work on this.

Have a great day & thank you for stopping by today! 

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons      c2020

 

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Poetry: Come Travel Love

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Come travel with me love,

Be at my side

to explore together 

the here and the wide.

We’ll drift far along our way,

as we sail across the many waves.

Come travel with me love,

Be at my side.

 

Thank you for following and visiting today! Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2020

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Haiku

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Waiting for sunshine,

But gray, snowy skies are first.

Rhythms of winter. 

 

Thank you for visiting today and being a Follower of Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons!

c2020

 

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Photography: From My View

 

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A beautiful world of white gifted by the first snowfall of this winter!  

Nikon, ISO 320, Exposure 1/500 sec, Shutter speed 1/500 sec, F-Stop f/8, Focal Length 58.00mm, no flash.

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Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons  c2019.

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Poetry: The Echo

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As I lay sleeping

familiar faces do I see.

These long forgotten fragments

of people once so dear to me.

 

Some sneak in

with more than an impression.

I never think of them

when I’m awake,

that would be an obsession.

 

These visitors who once

our lives briefly crossed,

we all took our separate paths.

Now they come gently in the dark,

a friendly, welcome haunt.

 

I see me as I remember me.

I feel the warmth of the noon sun.

Someone ever so kind has stopped

to help me with a gentle embrace.

The gesture is so real.

 

The wildflowers sway in the breeze.

Even the weeds are alive I see!

It is happy here as I dream.

I’d like to stay forever,

please don’t change a thing!

 

Then the picture changes.

I hate to leave.

Another face from a more recent time,

has come to rescue me.

 

In the abyss of my mind,

those souls traveling years apart

can meet and share company

within my heart.

 

When I regretfully awake,

whatever became of them?

Did they get lost

or did I?

 

I hope they’re happy.

I hope they know

however much,

I love them too.

I wonder though,

do they also dream of me?

 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019  tcholland

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Haiku

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When I dream of you,

We are together always

wherever we are.

 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019.

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Photography: Travel

 

Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa(1)The hubs recently surprised me with a road trip where I didn’t have a clue where we were going from day to day. We also have in our family sort of a contest to see who can get to all fifty states first. Imagine my surprise when we went here to see where “Build It and They Will Come”!  Plus, Iowa is now one of the three new states we got on this trip. This was a very fun and memorable trip!

Nikkon 7200, image/jpeg, ISO 320, Exposure time 1/500sec, Shutter speed 1/500sec, F-Stop f/8, Aperture Value f/8, Focal length 35.00mm, no flash, Edits +crop. 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019

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Photo Prose

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Shimmery glows of soft pink

and gentle hues of blue,

paints the calm at end of day.

 

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c2019

 

 

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Photography – Birds

OK enough pictures! I've posed. Time to eat!

(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)

Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower!  –Terre

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Warm, clear morning sun

Blooms wakening, opening

Beautiful day, joy!

 

tch c. 2019

 

 

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Poetry: Requiem for the American Worker

 

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Requiem for the American Worker

I hear America crying

across the flatlands, hill and dale.

Embittered tears of weary souls

the beaten down, the proud.

 

American workers holding on

with a cry in their voice.

Fighting hard to not be counted

among the growing poor.

 

The waitress at night with a babe upon her breast,

The coal miner tired of his long rest.

The automobile worker doing her best,

The bakery is closing, the baker is next.

 

The bus driver without a human load,

The young black man never given a chance.

The hospital worker called off, worries how to pay the rent.

Telephone workers marching, out in the cold.

 

Voices, hands, and hearts

traded for those across the seas.

The small, American farmer

still fighting hard to believe.

 

I hear America crying,

as those “who have”,

with no remorse, no guilt,

build empires upon the workers backs.

Americans trying, trying, and trying.

I hear America crying.

 

 

(Printed with one time American rights, Labor News, Indianapolis, In. Feb 2006.

This Author: tch maintains rights).

Reprinted @ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons c. 2018.

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12 Tips for Living “Your” Day

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

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Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned?  I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup.  The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound  like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small!  But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.

Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.

12 Tips for living “your” day:

  • Keep a calendar that is reasonable
  • Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
  • Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
  • Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
  • It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
  • Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
  • Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
  • Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
  • Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
  • Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
  • Make “Sleep” a priority.  Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
  • Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)

Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be!  Thank you for taking time out to visit today.

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