I am an Inkling; Are You?


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Inkling” by “The Daily Post.”

The word #inkling means to have a slight knowledge or suspicion. It was also the name of #an informal intellectual group of friends in the early 20th century, started by four author/writers being J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. If #you don’t know of Lewis and Tolkien, you need to get out of your mom’s basement!

There were a few other members/associates of the group such as Lewis’s older brother, but the group mainly consisted of those four. They named themselves “Inklings” after there many meetups and informal group intellectual discussions.

If inkling means to have a slight knowledge or hint of something more, then a reason the  four authors perhaps named themselves as such could be that they believed that individually they did not know too much, but by coming together to share and discuss ideas, they actually did begin to gain a “slight knowledge about things/life in general; thus becoming “Inklings” in the knowing a little bit more about things then they would otherwise.

#Are you an “Inkling?” Do you have a group of friends/colleagues that meet to share ideas to gain a “slighter knowledge of things in this world?  Who are these people in this group of yours; or do you have more than one?

#I can think of more than a few small groups that I #am a part of and meet with regularly that would make me an “Inkling,” for I do consider my self to have a “slighter increase in knowledge of things after each and every discussion, that I would not have had without.

The four “original Inklings” before my time perhaps; but that does not make me and those in my groups any less an “Inkling.” We get the same benefits they did in their group discussions and learn things that we very well may not have without the group discussions just as they constantly did.  So too is it with you and anyone else who has an “Inkling” group.

So, do you have an “Inkling” group/s? If so, do you consider yourself an “Inkling;” why or why not? If you get a slight knowledge of things that you would not otherwise in your group discussions than that makes you an “Inkling.” Acknowledge that fact, embrace it; become a “member” of one of the well-known informal intellectual group of friends in history.

So what are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share, all are welcomed and wanted. I want to know my “Fellow Inklings.”

To be “A Blink of the Eye”


This is #a response #to #the one-word prompt “Blink” by “The Daily Post.”

What exactly is meant by the phrase “a #blink in the #eye” or “a blink #of the eye?” Obviously is it is referring to the blinking of one’s eye/s. Usually, it refers to the speed of the blinking and how fast it happens. So when you describe something happening as “a blink of the eye” you are saying that it either has or will happen so fast that you will miss it if not paying attention. That is how the phrase is usually used but, I think it could just as easily mean and refer to the ease of blinking one’s eyes and thus suggesting something may #be very easy.

More Political Division or Perhaps Unity In 2018?


The year of 2017 was an ugly, crazy year when it came to just how divided we as a nation and people became #in the United States. Most will not dispute that, although they will dispute the reasons for it. That right there is the deeper problem, as long as we keep blaming each other and not understanding each other, the divide will only get worse and grow until it destroys us.

Ok, so we all know and agree on what the problem is (extream #political divisiveness) if that is the case there is no need to blame the problem on anyone #or thing. Doing so will only aggravate the problem not solve it. The key to solving any problem is to first recognize that there is one and what it is; as said, that we have done.

So if the problem is that we as a nation just can’t agree on politics and governing, then the answer is not to create #more areas of disagreement and argument, but to create more areas of agreement and understanding. Despite just how divided we are, this is a whole lot easier then it may sound. It is not “brain science” (although we make it that with our stubbornness).

All that needs to be done is that we start to talk to each other, to understand each other. We need to connect and empathize with each other; to know that we all each have our own concerns, fears, and hopes for our lives, our communities, and our nation. By doing so we will then be able to find and see just all the many small ways we #perhaps do agree rather than just where we disagree. We will then be able to move forward in those areas that we agree on, and that in time will allow us to even tackle the issues we are in disagreement on.

Be forewarned that going this route will require a lot of patience, restraint, understanding, and it needs to be done at all levels of our society. It needs to be done in the family, the neighborhood, our churches/houses of worship and the broader community as well as in our political/governing institutions. It needs to be a truly grassroots movement from the very bottom to the very top.

This restoring understanding and seeing areas of agreements instead of areas of disagreement and not knowing each other is and can be achieved, but only if we all work towards this goal and do so every day both in our everyday lives and in our “political discourse.” But it can be done and must if our nation is to survive and thrive! So stop arguing and start understanding!

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share them. All are welcomed and wanted.

 

The Power of Routine


Do you have a #routine; if you say no think again. Even when your life, day in and out may not seem very routine but actually chaotic, chances are there are still some things that you do each and every day without fail that require very little thinking/decision making to do so. Things like brushing your teeth in #the mornings and evenings. How often one goes to the restroom and when day to day. It is all these little things in life that seem so insignificant that makes a routine; even though the rest #of it and one’s days seem anything but routine; does not mean there is no routine at all.

It is this very nature of routines that make them so powerful in our lives. For small routines can lead to lager one’s that absolutely govern how we live our lives be it for our good or ill. Routines are by themselves neither good or bad, they just are. I actually tend to think it depends on how aware or not aware we are to our routines; as well as how ridged the control they have on us is, that makes them good or bad.  It also depends on just how much if any stress is caused by the routines in our lives.

But the one thing that truly shows just how much #power routines have in our lives is the possibility that even when our lives seem to have little to no routine in them; that in its self may just be a routine. For example, do you get up from bed at the same time each and every day?

alarm clock having a good day in morning.

Closeup alarm clock having a good day with background happy woman stretching in bed after waking up, sunlight in morning.

Or do you have trouble waking up when you want/need to day after day? Both can be argued to be routines for both happen regularly and repeatedly. We don’t tend to think of the second as a routine but the truth seems to point that it is. The implication right there is a not so little fascinating to me. The possibility that the absence of a routine may actually be a routine in of its self just shows the power they play in our lives.

So what do you think, am I wrong or is there something to this power of routine in our lives?  Let me know your thoughts and viewpoints. Please do share, all are welcomed and wanted.  

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year; New Opportunities For Success And Failure​


So today marks the beginning of 2018; #a whole #new #year filled with its own challenges, its own possibilities, #and its own typical life filled craziness.  That is one thing that will not change #for 2018; this year like 2017 before it, and every year before that, and every year after 2018 has and will have its own #opportunities for #success or #failure in life both for the individual as well as communities and nations.  What does change is the nature and flavor of those opportunities and how we as individuals and as groups react and respond to them.

Are we going to let ourselves get bogged down in the nitty-gritty of everything that happens in this new year of opportunities, or are we going to push on and work our way through each one with confidence? How we answer the question will determine how the year turns out for each and every one of us regardless of what actually happens.

I for one tend to go through the year with confidence, no matter what I face good or bad. I hope you all do so as well. Happy New Year everyone!

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share them; all are welcomed and wanted!