What Is Success? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

How do you define success?

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While writing the introduction to a fellow author’s book, I realized many of us view success as an end-product. We aspire, we strive and, if fortunate, we manifest. Only then do we feel gratified, overlooking all we accomplished in the process. In short, we fail ourselves.

If we become discouraged when met by an obstacle, we are not seeing that obstacle for what it truly is: a teacher. Obstacles not only teach us what does not work, but also challenge us to reach beyond our perceived limitations. Obstacles are opportunities to practice what we’ve learned, alter our approach, and move forward. This is success.

Being stuck in obsessive thought patterns, limiting beliefs, or anything that stops us short of reaching a goal can lead to wallowing in the past (nostalgia) and yearning for the future (desire). Turning inward and finding the embedded thoughts sabotaging our efforts…

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Ocean Shore Haiku

I'm a little late posting my entry for Ronovan Write's Haiku Challenge, but better late than never. I LOVE the prompt words this week: Ocean & Shore. OCEAN WAVES Ocean waves erase Footprints along the shoreline As you walk away * SANDCASTLES Joyful children build Sandcastles on the shoreline Beachside paradise * LIGHTHOUSE Through the … Continue reading Ocean Shore Haiku

Ember & Flame Haiku Challenge

This week's prompt words for Ronovan's Haiku Challenge are Ember & Flame: Smoldering Embers Once a burning flame Now nothing but ashes and Smoldering embers Be sure to visit Ronovan's blog for links to other participants in the challenge: https://ronovanwrites.com/2017/06/26/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-155-emberflame/

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Ronovan picked the best challenge words this week: Darkness & Deep. There are limitless possibilities for these words, but unfortunately, I have limited time to write and post haiku. These are two quick haiku I penned this morning: CLOAK OF DARKNESS Silence settles deep Peaceful darkness surrounds us A comforting cloak FEARFUL FISH Fish swim … Continue reading Deep Darkness Haiku

Star & Bloom Haiku

Monday is here again and you know what that means! It's time for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge. Our prompt words are Star & Bloom. I cheated a bit this week because instead of using both words within one haiku, I wrote a separate haiku for each prompt word. And I wrote a tanka. Anyway, here … Continue reading Star & Bloom Haiku