Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Succinctly Yours #152: Gotcha

Many thanks to Grandma's Goulash for hosting Succinctly Yours, a meme in which participants are offered a photo as inspiration for microfiction of 140 words or characters. Mine has 134 characters. This week's bonus word was "jabber."



Dr. Frankenstein knew people would jabber about the adorable little girl he had made. Still, he didn’t have to worry about the townspeople running away in fear.
My offering this week was a little lame, so I've included a quote I've loved since I saw it posted on a classroom door:

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous of you. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For, you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them, anyway. ~Version of a quote usually attributed to Mother Teresa 

24 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    NOOOO I loved your offering! - but am glad you jabbered on with that lovely quote &*<> YAM xx

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  2. Certainly she is NOT to be feared. Frankenstein had better watch his step though.
    I like the sign you found. I would have put it on my door window (back when I had a door--I'm retired now).
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    1. I guess people might run away from those muddy hands, though. ;) Wasn't that sign wonderful? This woman's classroom had such a nice "energy," too. My guess is whatever inspired the sign helped a lot.

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  3. Great job, Tammy. Love your story about the little girl. And your quote from Mother Teresa is a favorite--and so true!

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  4. The little "story" fit the photo perfectly, but the quote was inspiring.

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    1. Thanks, Sioux. Isn't that a great quote?

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  5. Yes, she's not exactly a scary creature, but I wouldn't shake hands with her.

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  6. Love your ultra-short tale and the quote. This is the second time I've come across that quote this week. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I don't know, but I think it's a good message for the universe to pass along.

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  7. If she were a younger girl I'd be worried, really worried about that substance on her hands. I absolutely love the Mother Teresa Quotes.

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    1. Ewww! That never occurred to me, Linda!

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  8. I liked it!

    And of course, that quote from Mother Teresa ought to be tattooed on every heart.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Thanks, Pat, and I love the words, "tattooed on every heart."

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  9. No, they probably would not run from her in fear unless they hate getting dirty.

    Mother Theresa was such a wise woman. I've seen that quote before and am glad you shared it.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! And thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Little Frankie needs somebody to push up that white cap for her. Obviously, she can't do it.

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    1. That's probably closer to the true story, Val!

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  11. You are so good with these little meme's or whatever they are called. I LOVE the quote. Such a good thing to live by.

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