First Mystery Blogger Award Nomination!

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About two weeks ago, I got a notification that I was nominated for my first award since I started my blog, the Mystery Blogger Award. I want to express my thanks and gratitude to https://iquotequotes.wordpress.com/ for his nomination, I greatly appreciate it!

Please find here the rules of this award:

Mystery Blogger Award:

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It is an award given to amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are the one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with much love and passion.

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The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image in your post
  • Enter the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or one funny

 

3 Things about myself:
– my mind is always thinking in lyrics, music is in my head the entire day (which might also explain my other blog)
– writing poems and stories has been a passion of mine since the age of eight, when I could write my first short stories and coherent sentences
– I get my best ideas while driving

Now to answer Bachir Khallas questions:

  1. How much do you know yourself? I feel I know myself pretty well, but I learn new things every day!
  2. How much time do give to yourself weekly? Usually, Saturday or Sunday are ‘my’ days, no work, just me.
  3. What are your plans for the next 2 years? Just to be happy, isn’t that all that matters? 🙂
  4. How far would you go to leave everything you have and move to another country? Why?      I would have no problem to leave my country, if my heart is in it, and if another heart is waiting for me in another country! 🙂
  5. What is your unachievable dream? I believe every dream is achievable

 

Now some questions for my nominees:
1. What inspired you to start blogging?
2. On a busy day, what is the number one thing you do to relieve your stress?
3. Which song currently describes your mood best?
4. The one place you have never been, but always wanted to go?
5. What’s your most favorite ‘feel-good’ food?

And here are my nominees, for their exceptional work:
1. http://whatsinsideamadmanshat.com/
2. https://johncoyote.wordpress.com/
3. https://fauxcroft.com/
4. https://pouringmyartout.com/
5. https://storiestalesliesandexaggerations.com/
6. https://playingwithwords.blog/
7. https://writtenframes.wordpress.com/
8. https://lourasmus.wordpress.com/
9. https://trudykblog.wordpress.com/
10. https://stevestillstanding.com/

 

Thank you to all the nominees for their amazing work, and creative spirit!

 

 

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Resolutions

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New year
Is here.
With lots
Of cheer.

It comes,
It seems,
With hopes
And dreams.

May they
Come true,
Not leave
You blue.

Hard work’s,
The key,
Success
Finds thee!

 

©PaymansPerspective

Love. Hope.

This morning I woke up, ready to face a new day, pumped up on energy.
Then I went online and read the news.

My heart is saddened today. I can’t believe that we live in a world, in which people can do such horrible acts to one another.

We need to learn from mistakes, get better as the human race. Have love prevail, not hate. Hope and not fear.

Love. Hope. We can do better.

©PaymansPerspective

The Lighthouse

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You are out there,
lost without even knowing,
somewhere in the endlessness of the ocean.

I am here,
standing on solid ground,
shining a light, not just for you to find safe haven, but looking for you, desperately.

And so it goes, the story of every lighthouse.
Unable to move or turn off its light in the dark.
Waiting for the lost ship to come in.

©PaymansPerspective
(picture taken at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, 2008)

Little Acts Of Kindness

This is not a poem. This is also not a short story. This is a short account of something that happened to me today, and made me realize, how the little things we can do for others can really have a positive impact on them.

Today, I went to the city for a job interview. After a very successful conversation with the lady in charge, I went for a stroll through the downtown area, as it was a beautiful, sunny fall afternoon. I passed by this little bakery, and decided to take something home for later. It was not very busy, so I took my time to look around and make a good choice.

All this time, I had the girl working there in the corner of my eye. I noticed how she had this sad look on her face. It was not like she looked stressed or annoyed. She just looked sad. I don’t know why, and I will not even speculate why it could have been.

She came over to me and asked me what I wanted. I told her, and watched as she carefully put the items in a bag. Then she asked for the money. It was about 8 Euros, and I gave her a 10 Euro bill, and in that very moment just added that she can keep the change, while staring at my wallet.

Silence.

I looked up. And what I saw was a big smile upon her face. ‘Are you sure? No one ever tips here, certainly not that much!’. ‘Yes, I am sure.’, I said, smiling back at her, as I took my purchase off the counter, and headed out.

‘That much?’, I thought to myself, how was that even close to much. Yes, I am struggling with money myself a little these days, but still, those 2 Euros to me were just a tiny token of my gratitude for her service. That’s when I realized, it was not the money she was happy about. It was the fact that someone even cared enough to tip her anything, and show that what she was doing was a service that was being appreciated.

I stopped and looked back at the bakery one more time. The girl was still smiling.

Little acts of kindness: if we all did them, from time to time, the world would be a much happier place.

©PaymansPerspective