Learning to duck…

One of my buddies in the post office was not at his best the other morning and as we chatted he made a belting comment. Being a man who deals with folk daily, and is also married, he caught my stunned facial expression and knew something had happened.

A look of fear flashed across his face.

His comment had hit a boulder size emotional trigger in me and several things were happening in a split second. You’ll all know that as we gather experience in life there are things we like to work on. My reaction when I have been triggered is one of mine. As a creative, my past responses have explosive, verbal and held the deadly accuracy of an Exocet missile.

In a split second, I clamped my lips shut and breathed through my nostrils. which may have flared and scared him further. Several moments passed and I put my hand over his, smiled and wished him a lovely day, then left.

As I walked home I realised that his comment had touched on past hurt and had no relevance to the here and now. I let it all flow out through my feet and down into the earth below.

It was a few days after that and I was on the front line with a soul who needs to fire arrows and ones which are intentionally tipped with poison. This time (knowing what was coming) I let them bounce off, so I wasn’t even triggered. I closed the conversation down each time and changed the subject.

I am learning how to duck.

Interview on 'This Is My Truth Now' James J. Cudney IV for Writing on Water: Self-awareness by Jane Sturgeon

I am so grateful to Jay for his supportive and kind interview today, where he reviews my book Writing on Water: Self-awareness. Jay’s blog is a wealth of kindness and information. He regularly posts book reviews for fellow authors, offers insightful advice and shares helpful information. You can find his own impressive list of books there too. ❤

James J. Cudney IV ‘This is my Truth Now’

Q & A by D.G. Kaye

I am touched by D.G. Kaye’s heartwarming post on her site. Debby took the care and time to interview me and gather information about my book, Writing on Water: Self-awareness, and then share it. Debby is a prolific and astute author and she generously shares her time and wisdom with others through her books and online presence.

Thank you, Debby, my unicorn buddy. ❤

Q & A with Jane Sturgeon by D.G. Kaye

Doorways…

I was coming back home the other day, weary and dirty, and my arms were full of a vacuum cleaner, pipe, nozzles, cloths, long duster on a pole and goodness knows what else. Walking down our street, I had seen something that I needed to think about, yet I already knew it required a hard decision and would take me a good few hours to put right, so my mind was elsewhere. You already know this story is not going to end well…

I reached the main front door (which is huge) and as I came through the long duster fell from my arms and I instinctively lent forward to catch it and everything cascaded out of my arms bar the actual vacuum. It made a racket and my landlady opened the inner door with a smile and a ‘Do you need help, Jane?’

‘Sorry’ I replied ‘I really ought to have put some things down before I came in!’

She put it all back in my arms and I manhandled it up the stairs to my place.

How many times do we think we’re saving time by carrying too much? Or, find our minds on something else entirely so we’re not ‘in’ the moment. There’s much talk in these times about being present and this was a classic example of being scattered.

It made me think later and I promise I wasn’t trying to do something else at that moment. I have been setting up a project in the last few months and it has become a business, which is a new door for me. Things kept getting stuck and I have discovered that I was trying to carry some outdated thinking, stories and beliefs through that doorway. At each stalling point, I made myself aware of my thoughts and kept them in check, edited, or deleted them as needed. It’s surprising what happens when we do that. ❤

'Writing on Water – Self-Awareness' Review by James J. Cudney IV 'This Is My Truth Now'

I am touched and humbled that Jay has taken the care and time to review my book. Thank you, Jay. This feels like blowing my own trumpet, yet I want to acknowledge his support.

Jay’s blog is jam-packed with information, advice, reviews, his own books and is well worth a visit. ❤

https://www.thisismytruthnow.com

Hafod Hardware Store, Wales…

Since 1895, Haford Hardware Store has been a family run business in Mid-Wales. Business is steady, yet they battle competition from the internet and large chain stores.

Their family Christmas video is pure joy. ❤ Thanks, Mum for telling me about it. ❤

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – New Collection – #Verse #Short Stories – Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words by Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin, who flows unstinting support and loving care to all indie authors, has a new release of her own. Loving energy under its wings. ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news of my own new release today. Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words is a collection of verse, micro fiction and speculative short stories.

About Life’s Rich Tapestry

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of…

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