Walk in Someone’s Footsteps

footsteps-in-sandWhen I was a kid, I used to play a game at the beach with my siblings and cousins. We called it, “Walk in My footsteps.”

The rules were simple. One kid took the lead and the rest had to step in footsteps of the person ahead as we walked down the beach.

As the youngest, I was usually at the back of the group and often had to stretch to reach the footsteps of the person in front of me.

I almost always lost when we played this game, but was that so bad?

Each of us has our own journey through life.  There will always be people walking ahead of us on this journey and there will always be people walking behind us.

As I see it, our job is to learn from the person ahead of us and, if asked, give a helping hand to the person behind us, but not to walk in someone’s footsteps.

Now, I can write this, but I don’t always live it. I confess this is a challenging life lesson for me. Recently, I read a book that made me ache with longing to write as well as the author did.

I can’t. I’m not that author. I’m me.  I can learn from the author, but I’ll never write the same way.

Bottom line:  I will always lose when I play the game of “Walk in My Footsteps.” I have to follow my own path, learn at my own pace, and in my own way.

But is that really so bad?

What about you?

Have there been times when you wanted to be in the footsteps of the person ahead of you? How did you handle it and what did you learn from the experience?

SPC: Parallel Earths

parallel-house_600Okay, look at the picture. Do you see the house and its reflection?

It looks like a mirror image in water, but it’s not. Actually you’re viewing a parallel Earth.

So, instead of the reflection, the upside down house is actually real, just in a different world.

Today, you get to have magical powers. As such, you can make this world whatever you want it to be.

So, I’m curious…tell me about the world you see in this reflection.

  1. What are some differences between this world and ours?
  2. If you visited this parallel Earth, what would be most shocking to you?
  3. While visiting, you decide to go up to the house and knock on the door, who answers the door? What do they to say and how do you answer?

Today’s challenge is prompted by Fireblossom’s recent comment at my post, Believe in Hope: A Rant on Movies. She mentioned the movie, Another Earth. BTW I loved the movie…thanks Shay:~) Also, thanks to other visitors who gave me quite a long list of movies to watch!

It also touches upon a syfy show I used to watch called Fringe on Fox Network. Both dealt with two different versions of Earth and its historical timeline.

Colors of Fall

Colors-of-Fall_600This is a picture of a tree near where I have my exercise class. I loved it because I don’t get to see this much fall color where I live.

With the recent winter storm, I imagine some of you feel as if you stepped into the Disney movie, Frozen.

Just today, we had ice in our bird bath. The birds didn’t know what to do. Some treated it like a bird ice skating rink, while others just pecked at the ice.

Winter has definitely announced herself!

I have an announcement of my own: I will be taking a short blog break.

My daughters will be in town and as I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like as both live far away. So, I’m hoping to spend every minute I can with them.

However, I will do my regular visits. After all, I love touching base and seeing what interesting posts you have put up. I always find when I visit, someone writes something or puts a picture up which is just what I needed that particular day!

In Other News….

A short story of mine has been published. It’s in Volume 3 of Precipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge

It’s also be available at Good Reads.

The concept of this volume was “Boundaries” and includes short stories, poetry, and memoirs by a selection of authors from the Write on Edge community.

I hope you check it out and read my story, as well as the other excellent writings in this volume. See how each author interpreted “boundaries.”

The founders of Write on Edge have started a new community for writers on Facebook. It’s called Bannerwing Books. They always have a lot of interesting activities going on. Check them out:~)

And last, but definitely not least!!!

Those of you who know Jean Sampson will be excited to know that she now has her own website! Check it out here. You can see Jean’s beautiful paintings and read her poetry. Don’t miss it!