Me in the Middle of Week 5 Reflection ~ Choose Kindness ~

If you have to choose between being kind and being right choose being kind and you will always be right2

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Week Five ~ Choosing Kindness

The fifth prompt for the Kindness Challenge 2017 is Choosing Kindness.

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When I read the Week Five Prompt, I realized that Niki had chosen the same song that I had chosen for my Letter K for Kindness in the A to Z Challenge.  It’s a different video than the one I chose so I decided to use mine again in this post.

You can see my Letter K for Kindness here.

Sometimes when making a commitment to choose kindness, especially during these tense political times, we can be perceived negatively.  Choosing kindness is seen as a cop out from joining the fray in both personal misunderstandings and political misunderstandings…….  Kindness and setting healthy boundaries can be seen as being weak or ‘passive-aggressive’ instead being seen as an attempt to show tact and diplomacy while standing up for your opinions.  I’ve decided not to be swayed from my choice not to join the fray and instead to choose kindness.   Others will choose to see you in a certain way no matter how you present yourself.  Choosing to be kind over needing to be right takes a self-acceptance and an ability to let go of control.  Choosing to be kind over needing to be right recognizes when there’s no longer an openness and respect for differing opinions.  Choosing kindness really requires a maturity and strength.

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“Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I’m breathing ~

Then I pray don’t take me soon cause I’m here for a reason.”

Spread Kindness

“i want to be so kind it echoes backwards in time and undoes the things that hurt you.  i want to be so kind it radiates from me.  i want to be so kind that i make someone else find faith in humanity again.   There’s not much i can do,  i’m small and weak and i only know so many words. but i know i can be kind. and sometimes, i believe, that changes the world.”

~ inkskinned ~

Me in the Middle of FlashBack A to Z Reflections 2016

      
It’s FlashBack Friday ~ A time of the month where you can republish an old post of yours that maybe didn’t get enough attention, or that you’re really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  This Blog-Go-Round is hosted by Jemima Pett and originally introduced by Michael D’Agostino from A LIFE EXAMINED.  That’s where you’ll find the rest of the participants or to join up yourself.

The post I’ve chosen for this month first appeared on ME IN THE MIDDLE on May 4th, 2016.  Even though I was unable to participate in this years A to Z Challenge I was still able to visit some blogs and enjoy their posts.   I updated the Dozen Brave Bloggers with the links to feature those who participated this year (2017).  They did such a great job meeting the challenge!  I hope  you’ll visit their blogs and let them know where you heard about their great A to Z posts.    

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Me In The Middle of #atozchallenge Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

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Reflectons

When I saw Damyanti Biswas‘ post introducing me to the A to Z Challenge 2016, I thought ~ ‘Oh, another one of those challenges.  Maybe I’ll try this one!’  One month’s commitment seemed like a doable time period to make this effort a challenging one.  As time went on I began to realize the amount of organization and the scope behind this endeavor!  My enthusiasm grew!  This could be a very rewarding event for me!  I was #100 on the Sign-Up List and I watched the number of sign-ups grow to an impressive number of 1,946 bloggers!

When the call came for us to Reveal A Theme, I had already been pre-scheduling my alphabet letters around the thought of sharing with my children and grandchildren some of the Lessons Learned through my life.  This was becoming for me a moment in time where I would no longer just think about it.  I was being inspired and motivated to get my thoughts on life down in writing.  The Challenge provided a creative and inspiring vehicle.

Much thanks to Arlee Bird and his Ambassadors for providing this moment in time to what turned out to be the most rewarding (and intense) experience in my blogging so far.  I look forward to 2017!!

https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/category/a-to-z-challenge/

My A to Z Challenge ~ Lessons Learned (Click Here)

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~ My A to Z Blogging Community ~

During the month of April, every morning was like Christmas morning!  I would wake up with a sense of anticipation and log onto my laptop to see who stopped by and commented on that day’s post.  I created my website/blog in September of 2015 and had met a lot of great bloggers.  I was pleased with the initial reception of my blog ~ Me in the Middle ~ and was gaining confidence and experience as I went along.  A to Z was something new!!  The traffic to my blog shot up and I had 1,611 views, 548 visitors, 678 likes and 652 comments throughout the April A2Z Challenge.  I used Facebook and Twitter to launch each day’s posts.  Visitors came to my blog from Facebook, Twitter and WordPress Reader.  Honestly, I’m now in A to Z Withdrawal and miss the stimulation of non-stop connecting and blogging with other bloggers.  It’s nice though that my life has returned to a calmer, steady pace and, to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to maintain the effort for more than one month out of the year.  So Bring It On 2017!

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~ A Dozen Brave Bloggers ~

(Updated for AtoZ 2017)

(There are so many more bloggers who came to visit Me in the Middle and I hope to return to everyone’s blogs and read all of their AtoZ posts.  I decided to share a dozen of these bloggers because I got to know them through visiting their blogs and chatting in comments.  Click on their links and see the amazing blogs they’ve created!  ♥ )

If I Only Had A Time Machine

Happiness and Food

Simply Marquessa

Madness of a Modern Writer

Sharon E. Cathcart

Coach Daddy

All in a Dad’s Work

Cresting the Hill

A Momma’s View

Poetry Penned in Moon Dust

Planet Pailley

Dandelion Fuzz

 

Me in the Middle Reblogging Regrets ~ Letter R ~ 2016

The A to Z Blog Challenge 2017 is almost to the end! They’re up to Letter R and I remember how great I felt last year when I reached this point. A real sense of achievement!

Do I ‘regret’ not participating this year? ……. Yes …… And yet I know I wasn’t able to put out the same effort as I did last year. So ….. No Regrets! 🙂

Maybe next year 2018!

Me In The Middle

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My theme for theA to Z Blog Challenge @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

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Clearly, there’s no going back and changing what happened or what I might have done differently in my life if I’d known what I know now after lessons learned.

So………………….  

No Regrets #2

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Write Your Biggest Regret

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It’s never too late to do some of the things you’d regret in the end not trying out.  I’ve come to the conclusion that we can only do the best we can with what we’ve got so get out there and do them…………….. and in the end you realize that ‘Old Blue Eyes’ had it right even though we might not choose his way.  Depending on our circumstances in life we can only work on ourselves and try to create a life that is our true selves.  I’m…

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Me in the Middle of #atozchallenge 2016 ~ Letter L ~ Reblog

Last year, in the middle of April, I was well on my way to completing the A to Z Challenge 2016!

At this point the A to Z 2017 bloggers are gaining confidence that they’re going to make it to the end. I can’t help but be with them in spirit as I follow along and visit some of their websites.  (Cresting the Hill~of MidlifeThe Chaotic Soul,  Plucking of My HeartstringsSharon Cathcart, The Artistic ChristianThe Doglady’s DenOutside PerceptionHopes and Dreams , Iain Kelly, Shirley Corder, Tossing It Out)

Today is Letter L ~ Here’s a reblog of my 2016 A to Z Letter L:

Me In The Middle

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My theme for the A to Z Blog Challenge @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

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Letting Go (c) MLQ

It was this poem aboutLetting Go, written by a friend of mine, that inspired my sketch. It spoke to me of the process that we need to go through when traumatic events come into our lives and knock us off our course.

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 Me in the Middle of Letting Go

(Complete Poem ~ Letting Go ~ Click on link above)

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Time To Let Go And Fly!

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The 2016 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge@aprila2z  is 26 Days in April (No Sundays) of blogging using each letter of the alphabet as a prompt for each blog.  My theme for this Challenge is My Life is a Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned  

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A show of support for blogging’s annual marathon

A well-deserved tribute to the A to Z Team and the A to Z Bloggers for ‘Blogging’s Annual Marathon’. Like Glenn (AKA Roamin’ Gnomials), I participated in 2016 and was grateful for the rewarding experience ….A to Z Challenge 2016

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I’ll let you in on a little secret: A lot of professional journalists feel pretty snooty about bloggers. I know because I used to be one. In fact, I probably would have created a blog much sooner if not for the fact that for the longest time, I didn’t want to be associated with “amateurs.”

With a bit of understanding, journalists (and retired journalists) might be excused for the hostility.

  • Most journalists went to school to learn to do what they do, while many bloggers went to school and learned to do something different … something that probably pays better.
  • Journalists view writing as their career, their milk and bread, while most bloggers view writing as a hobby.
  • Journalists wrongly view bloggers’ hobby as something that helped put them out of a job. The truth is a lot more complicated than that.

While I am disgusted by some of the…

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