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Day 10 “Success” (#BlogFlash2012 & #FlashFiveFriday Haiku No.8)

basil blossoming

smiles, gentle touches, fresh bread

what is my success?

 

 

 

 

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 18. Conclusion,WaldenHenry David Thoreau

Fresh Thai Basil is hard to get to blossom up here in Alaska. So when I can plant it in the middle of our coffee table with a full garden spread to show of to my fiance, Geoff, it is one of my biggest joys and biggest successes. To be able to freeze, dehydrate and make into wonderful goodies to last all winter long as well as enjoy all summer long is even a bigger success. This summer was a great one and I even managed to keep the moose out of most my basil! This was from my garden three weeks ago. It is now probably the last week for a lot of these things to give life to me. We had 29F at the cabin Thursday morning and the lettuce had a little flash-freeze burn on the edges. Pumpkins, other squash, potatoes and onions are all I will leave in the ground! Moving the herbs and any cuttings to winter inside in the next few days!

Put aside your current need to measure success based on things. Look at your children, your gardens, your poems, your crafts, even dinner tonight… now what is your success TODAY?

#BlogFlash2012: 30 Days, 30 Prompts, 30 Posts

#BlogFlash2012 Challenge 30 days, 30 prompts, 30 posts. Every day there will be a different image/word prompt to inspire your writing, which could be anything from flash fiction to a real life anecdote.

I have chosen to do the majority as Haiku responses and 10×10 poems. I will spend no more than 15 minutes on either. (The 10×10 poems -10 minutes of writing with 5 minutes of editing, and  the Haiku’s done in under 5 minutes. This is my own personal challenge).

Follow on Twitter with #BlogFlash2012 – There’s also a Facebook page so you can follow along and swap links! 

Are you taking part in #blogflash2012? Where can I find yours? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments, I would LOVE to hook up and find out what everyone else is writing, doing and saying for the next 30 days!

#FlashFiveFriday: #1 – Success

 This Week also is the first Friday of The Indie Exchanges #FlashFiveFriday weekly challenge! Since it was coordinated with #BlogFlash2012 I was able to piggy back it with today’s prompt!

 #FlashFiveFriday is a weekly flash fiction/flash blogging prompt.

The rules are very simple if you’d like to take part:

  1. Write for no longer than five minutes
  2. No upper or lower word limits
  3. You must write something new
  4. You can prepare your post ahead of time but the 5 minute limit still applies
  5. If you add your blog post to the weekly linky you must visit five other blogs that week too to show your supportClick here for upcoming prompts

**Through August #BlogFlash2012 is ongoing. Our prompts therefore match so participants can take part in both challenges.**

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6 Comments

  1. This is really lovely! Read it through several times and its a wonderful blend of gentle and pointed. Thank you!
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  2. I was told once to be a success one has to write their own obit listing all the things they want to accomplish. The last step of course is making the list happen.

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  3. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. So often we measure our successes by comparing our lives with the lives of others. It is really only within our own lives that we can find our successes and those are the only ones that truly matter.
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  4. I’ve been really heartened today by the fact that so few people seem to measure success by material wealth. Instead, people look to happiness, love and family. What a lovely way to end a week!
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  5. Great post Kriss.

    You’re right in what you say about success. It’s something each of us can achieve in so many different ways.

    For me, surviving another day and evading the six cats is what I deem a successful day 🙂
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  6. I can almost smell the basil. Good for you!
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