Daily Prompt: Moon – Phases

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Perhaps, because of the moon, I haven’t wanted to post or cook. I am “making” myself by reminding me of my new routine, if I claim to be a writer, even a mediocre one at best, I need to do more than read books and spend my ‘free’ time mindlessly skimming social media sites. Because of the moon, as a society, we are often vigilant, if not aware, of the lunatic or bizarre behaviors in and around our environments. This may mean erratic actions or missile-like tirads of spoken words, and thoughts or feelings that are overwhelming to deal with. The moon is blamed for many of these humanistic intricacies.

Lunar  and solar eclipses also play a role in wild predictions and human interactions with each other and their natural surroundings. The History Channel site has this snip-it about the earliest accounts of a solar eclipse and the meaning placed on the eclipse by the Chinese culture:

October 22, 2134 B.C.: Solar eclipse spells doom for Hsi and Ho
One of the earliest records of an eclipse appears in the ancient Chinese document Shu Ching (Book of History), which describes a day on which “the Sun and Moon did not meet harmoniously.” Historians believe this is a reference to the solar eclipse of October 22, 2134 B.C. The legend tells of two royal astronomers named Hsi and Ho who had shirked their duties in order to get drunk. As a result, they failed to predict the event and were beheaded by the emperor.

I guess, for the most part, our civilized nation won’t behead any astrologer’s for failing to predict the event last night! Pagan believers named the August moon as the ‘Corn Moon’ and Native Americans named it the ‘Sturgeon Moon’.  The moon and sun cycle often meant naming what happened in nature during that moon/sun cycle before calendar’s were implemented. Today, we just know whispers of these past associations for the moon’s arrival. I feel that is okay. I know that information only because I choose to search it out. I also know that with child-like excitement, no matter what month I view the sky, when I see the full moon, I whisper with a smile:

I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and god bless me… my cat, my friend going through a tough time, my kids, the families facing tragedies and hardship throughout the world. I thank the moon for her beauty and presence and thank the universe for my good fortune.

 

Daily Prompt: Ghost

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The ghosts of years past. They often revisit in smells, in the way light plays over leaves which in some distant land you have triggered a wisp of a memory that you can’t quite remember. Ghosts linger in and out of my days, especially in the hours of solitude that currently engulf my days. At one time in my life, for two decades, I was a full time mom and housewife, continually on the move as I fore-go any of my own thoughts or needs or desires from that of my children and husband. My life was my family and my passion was the work I did day in and out for the three most important people in my world.

The ghosts of the relatively short period of time that thrust me deep into despair happened close to our 20 year marriage anniversary. One child was barely 18 years old and the other was 15.5 years old. Life together had become a chore for my husband and I, the marriage had taken a beating with too many chaos related situations neither of us were well equipped to handle. When life throws massive stones and the relationship was hanging on a thread of a chance, separation through blame and finger pointing  occur. Separation and divorce took place and now those ghosts wave in the distance as I today rebuild my existence as a unexpected and unprepared single woman. It has been four years since the initial separation and I am finding that I am in stage five of grief – acceptance.

With the acceptance a ghost from my childhood Sunday school classroom lesson appears, God/Jesus/Christ/The Trinity only gives you what you can handle. I look around me and see I must not be able to handle much as others… I am wonderfully blessed with good health and so are my children. I have a roof over my head and clean water to drink and bathe in. I do not go hungry and have my own transportation to a job I’m learning to treasure. I see the ghosts of my experiences past as my friends, long lost and forgotten, who pay a surprise visit that remind me how far I have come.

I cherish my ghosts, yes my ghosts. Without them I am nothing but an illusion.

Daily Prompt: Carry

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One set of foot prints

What does it mean, to carry? Often times when you carry another you assist them through a time when the person or animal or thing could not walk. That means you have not only the means to get them there (from one point to another) but you also have the inner strength to do the task and perhaps the physical strength as well.

As a leader, not a manager, you carry a vision and have the tenacity to carry out the values of the company or organization you run. If you waiver in your leadership your strength will wane and you will drop the ball. Who will carry you? Hopefully you have led well and your employees or co-workers will carry you. If you have led poorly, you might at least feel abandoned in your position.