When I saw the 17th of April one word prompt I thought what a word to write a post, the more I thought about it the more I was warming to the idea of writing a post. The word ‘fret’ is sometimes inter changed by the words ‘whinge’ and ‘moan’ which are used by someone who is certainly nothing to be happy about. Collins dictionary’s definition of fret is to worry about the smallest of problems, reinforcing the state of someone who has nothing to be happy about.
I am not a medical doctor nor am I a psychologist, but when someone consistently moans about everything need to be checked out. I am aware that life consists of happy times and challenging times, and to get frustrated with some aspects of life is part of being alive. I guess now and then it is helpful to have a rant about things which frustrates but that must not be a life style. Yes once in a while you may want to have a moan but never allow it to be the norm.
While there are many things which cause us to fret, there are many things to make us celebrate being alive. Recently I had reasons to whinge about, things were not going as well as I would like them to in addition my father died, and everywhere I turned things were just going wrong. I noticed all my conversations were characterized by few moans, I moaned about how politicians in my home land were getting it all wrong as far as governing is concerned. I moaned about the rain for ever falling here in the U.K. I found myself in a state of constant irritation and anxiety. Did my fretting change the state of things? The answer is a resounding NO! so what is the purpose of fretting?
It is spring here and the daffodils are in full bloom and brightening the surroundings as they grow in the wild surely just enjoying their beauty will lift up any spirits which is vital for my well being. Fretting on the other hand can only result in poor health condition which enhance the state of constantly fretting. I resolve to quit fretting wishing me luck.
This week’s photo challenge is about telling a story with our photographs. I decided to use photographs which my 11 year old granddaughter took .
Working for the church as I do, I seem to have a lot to do that I never seem to get time to do things just fun. Last weekend my daughter decided that I should join her and family and go to a farewell do of a friend who has decided to emigrate to Australia. I will let the photographs do the telling:-
For my grand daughter it was great to be able to take selfies with grandma!
The fun was taken to higher level when my grand daughter showed me what she is able to do with the selfies!
My grand daughter had a great time showing off her skills in taking photographs of her mum and her I which impressed me greatly.
The one activity I engage in regularly is look at sunrises and sunsets if I do manage to catch them. Those close me will testify that I think Zimbabwe is blessed with the best sunrises and sunsets. I am obviously biased because it my country but honestly speaking some days sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and for me they are ‘Out of this world’ other people can think otherwise I am happy with that:
Check this one which was taken about two weeks ago by my friend of mine at Mana Pools one of the many tourist resorts in Zimbabwe:-
Photographs can never do justice as seeing the sunsets live as far as I am concerned this is out of this world .
The brief of the photo challenge of the 21st February was to share a face in the crowd hiding the face so that the facial expressions are masked i.e shadows and silohouttes. I however decided to use photographs of faces crowds which do not mask the facial expressions for the following reasons.
November 14th 2017 is going to go down in the history of Zimbabwe as the day crowds joined the army generals to get rid of a man who had ruled our nation for 37 years. All the faces in those crowds who came out in solidarity with the generals were expressing that enough was enough and they could not put up with a dictatorship anymore.
This was the day Zimbabweans forgot the racial divide and went on to the street to say enough is enough change was needed.
The only president most these young people have known in their life time is Robert Mugabe, those who were born in 1980 and are now 38 years they have been governed by one president.
Most of these young people were born at the start of Mugabe’s rule went to university and graduated but have never worked because unemployment among young people is pegged at 95%. Here is a generation which has lost a lot these faces are expressing lost dreams and hopes.
It is now three and bit months since the 14th of November I do not know if the change all these people joined the generals and marched will ever be realized. It is waiting the first test will be the conduct of the anticipated elections scheduled for August lets hope the outcome will assure the nation that their march was worth it.
Life is constantly changing nothing remains the same. One minute a baby is born and is helpless this new little life depends on those loved ones around it to do everything the baby needs for its survival and development. Before we know it that baby becomes a toddler and mummy has trouble changing the diaper because baby no longer can be kept in mummy’s arms the baby has grown. Life is characterized by constant changes and nothing remains the same,
The daily word prompt for the 20th of February 2018 was ‘constant’ a word which describes something which occurs consistently and persistently. That has been how life has been for me. At every phase of my life circumstances have constantly changed i.e new friends new experiences from being single, married then divorced not one part of my life as remained the same.
While all these changes have constantly happened there has remained one CONSTANT which is God’s love for me. I have changed a lot – doubted God’s existence as a result of circumstances at other times I have failed to trust God’s promises trusting my own ability to order my life the way I want and feeling in control. Constantly changing as I did God has consistently loved me unconditionally. For me the only CONSTANT I have known and had is God.
Compromise is an interesting word for a prompt. In my experience compromise has on one hand very positive outcomes yet on the other it has some negative outcomes as well. In a bid to achieve a resolution in a dispute there is a need for compromise by each part to the dispute. Always in a dispute each part may have very strong views about their side of the dispute which they will hold on to. If both parties are serious in resolving their dispute they will each have to give up and compromise their strongly held views for peace’s sake which is a positive out come.
If friendships and marriages are to last each part to the relationship have to compromise on somethings they may each hold dear for the other part’s sake. It may be interests, or things the other person may have enjoyed doing on their own which the other part to the relations may not like but because the two may have been brought together by some reason and really connected compromise may be needed. For such relationships to last each part may need to reach a compromise if they are to develop their relationship with each other. In such a situation compromising will result in good outcomes.
However there are situations where compromise will have negative outcomes this is personal as far as faith is concerned. From my perspective truth can not be compromised as far as faith is concerned where half truths are being told they must be challenged, compromising on the truth will have dire consequences. Justices can not be be compromised doing so will result in people being marginalized the Gospel is about equality for all.The only way to avoid negative outcomes in this instance is not to compromise on my christian values is by challenging half truths especially in this era of post truth, challenge injustice where ever it is in existence.
The photo challenge for the 7th February was ‘Tour Guide’ whose brief was to show a or photographs reflecting why we like the places where we live. I had never imagine my self as someone who can recommend places of interest to others, as I think you have to have an eye to see beautiful things which I am not so confident that I have.
It is unbelievable that I have lived in Manchester now for nearly 18 years yet have never taken time time to appreciate the buildings in the city. It was after the terror attack at the Manchester Evening Arena on 22nd May 2017 when the campaign ‘We love Manchester’ was launched that I made an effort to explore the city.
I will share a couple of beautiful buildings are found and add to the beauty of the city, as poor ‘tour guide I am I am not able to give the details of the streets which these buildings are located. I know exactly where they are because I took the photographs myself.
This is in St Peter’s Square past the main Library.
And this is a block away from St Peter Square
I had never taken time to appreciate these buildings now I do take time to explore and see what the beautiful city offers, I love the mix of old and new architecture which shows the past and present of the city.
It is 12 : 30 pm in Zimbabwe nearly halfway to the end of 2017. The daily prompt is about writing a post on the word ‘Almost’ which is about things that are about to be done.
I am almost at the end of 2017, yet I am almost about to cross over into 2018. I am in between so what is it I can write about in the last post of the year.
While I am almost at the end of 2017, I am able to look back on the past 11 months and 30 and half days. A year in which I have faced personal challenges but I can say confidently ‘thus far the Lord has taken me’ I have no regrets because all I have experienced has been training ground I came out the other side a Victor. As they say ‘no pain no gain I am now wiser and richer as a result of all I experienced. So I want to say to the year which is almost coming to an end fare well 2017, and to the year which is almost dawning I am crossing over into 2018 confident that the God who travelled with me then is ready to travel with me again. What can the world throw at me which God and I can not handle together? NOTHING!
I wish you all who have visited my blog and those who will be passing by a Happy and wonderful New Year filled with many opportunities.
This last challenge of 2017 asks to select the best and meaningful photograph that we took during the course of this year. I am not a photographer my photographs are taken just for pleasure so instead of the best I am opting for the ones which are meaningful to me. I have selected a few: –
I took this at Scargill attending a retreat like I said above it is not about being the best but what it means to me.
This is the chapel at Scargill retreat centre built reflecting the praying hands, and prayer is source of my life.
After sessions we went for walks around Scargill estate, I took this photo on our way back from the walk and the sun was setting as I looked back I glimpsed this glow of the sun through the clouds. Images like these help me to reflect on God’s greatness and leave me in awe. These are my 2017 Favourites they may not be the best of photography but they MEAN a lot to me and fitting to close this year’s photo challenges. I look forward to 2018 challenges.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL WHO MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY WHO FOLLOW THIS BLOG. THANK YOU.
It is not always easy to catch the sunrise in the U.K. especially when I am not able to rise early enough. However I did mange to catch it one summer morning.
Here is a peek of the sunrise taken from my kitchen balcony:-