Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Midweek Motif ~ Choice

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(Look at the words - made me laugh - choices indeed!)

There are some things in life about which a person has no choice -- such things as parents, birthplace, early school experiences, etc.   As time goes on, one has more and more choices. And this leads to what I would like you to think about this week.  Let's reflect on / write about the subject of CHOICE.

One choice we have is  HOW WE WILL LEARN.  This could be school - related, or the way we learn on our own.  How someone uses this choice has a great influence on a person's life.     And somewhat related is a CHOICE OF VOCATION. (Would you do it differently if you could go back in time?)

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Another choice involves RELATIONSHIPS: Friends, mentors, life partners, etc. Who do you decide to spend time with?     Think about choice of ACTIVITIES:  What do you choose to do with your time? Then there are choices involving PERSONAL HEALTH:  Food, exercise, physical exams, etc.

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Another choice is WHERE ONE LIVES: Did you choose to stay in your home town?  Move to another city not too far away from where you were born?  Or did you move cross country or even to another country?  How about LIFE PRIORITIES....how do you choose them?  And then there is the choice one makes regarding one's SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.  What path do you take?   And how about the CHOICE NOT TO MAKE A CHOICE?  Or reflect on FREEDOM OF CHOICE generally in today's world?

Here are links to a few well-known poems on choice if you'd be interested in examples.  I think you will enjoy them!

Choices - by Nikki Giovanni

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening - by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken - by Robert Frost

The Choice - by William Butler Yeats

Choice - by J.V. Cunningham

 There are really SO many directions you could go.  It is YOUR choice!  Also, be sure to link back to Midweek Motif.

(Next week Susan is back, and her Motif will be Recovery: "love is healing.")



45 comments:

  1. Good Wednesday morning, poets! It is your choice how to spend your poetic time. I hope you will spend some with us this week. Smiles. Looking forward to reading your words.

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    1. Thanks so much for the link up Mary :)

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  2. Our choices define us.
    Particularly in how we treat others , other beings and even things

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  3. I didn't think I could write anything this time, after doing a lot of left-brained work lately – but I took some time out, and found I could come up with a piece of doggerel just for fun!

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    1. Sometimes a person needs to write just for fun! I enjoyed yours.

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  4. I really enjoyed writing to this wonderful prompt Mary...

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    1. Thanks, Sumana! Yours was a thought-provoking write.

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  5. Mary, I just finished reading the beautiful poems linked so far. These prompts truly trigger creativity, and sometimes they inspire a truly .....:)
    Enjoyed writing too! Great prompt indeed...

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    1. Yes, there really are so many interesting poems to read. I enjoy all of the perspectives on choices....including yours. Smiles.

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  6. thank you for the links and all the thought that has gone into creating the motifs - choice is something we do not always use

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    1. Always glad to see you link up! You so often bring an interesting perspective.

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  7. I'm struggling with a dodgy computer, so I'll be late getting around. But I'll get there!

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    1. Computers can be so annoying. Sigh.

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  8. Thank you, Mary. This is a theme that often inspires a poem from me...

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  9. Hello everyone! Mary, thank you for this prompt today! I've been having a little writers block lately. I'm glad to have been inspired this morning :) So thank you, again!!

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    1. Great to see you again. Glad you overcame your writers block this week.

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  10. Great morning reads! I finished them at noon here, perfect time to go about my day facing the delay in choices I made yesterday.

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    1. Ha, procrastination is a choice too. Smiles.

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  11. Good morning, friends. I have some good reading to look forward to with my morning tea. Thanks for the wonderful prompt, Mary. It sparked what has been on my mind lately, the choice between profit and the environment.

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    1. You said what was on your mind, and that is a good thing!

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  12. Happy Wednesday, #15 is my correct and intended link for today, the second is a mistake

    much love...

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    1. I removed the second one, Gillena. Glad to see you.

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  13. Hey everyone,

    Just came home from work :D sharing my poem "Choices" hope you all like it! Without further ado.. lets read up what you all have to offer :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  14. Thank you...this was inspiring!

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  15. Well,it seems my garden is my number one muse at the moment...

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  16. Hi Mary! Thank you for this prompt. It took me in a really unexpected direction. Maybe something from my past--hope you are doing well!

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    1. Audrey...good to see you AND your poem.

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  17. That was fun! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  18. Great prompt! am at home...sick...had some time...more tomorrow...thanks

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  19. I like the poems you chose Mary. I'm posting late, but glad to be here.

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  20. Thank you for the prompt - and apologies if I can't around to other's posts and comments as usual - we are distinctly lacking in cheer and vigour but always good to write it out thank you..

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    1. Hey you. Was wondering where you were. Hope you feel better

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    2. Thanks for wondering X - we're ok...for us at least!

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    3. So glad you are here, Jae!

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