Daily Prompt – Thank God, Hallelujah!

Prompt: “You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What’s the first thing you do?”

My first ideation was to dedicate an entire post to a description of my happy dance, a series of gyrating seizure-like movements that loudly broadcast my jubilee, but I doubt my readers would be too interested – although they should be. It’s a class act spectacle, really.

This post is actually intended to be on more of a serious note. When reading this prompt, the phrase “wonderfully fantastic news” automatically linked me to the thought of getting my first college acceptance letter (hopefully happening in the near future). This may not be applicable to all readers, but make the prompt relate personally – your boss informs you of a raise, a pregnancy test reveals itself positive, Annie reminds you the sun will come out tomorrow – whatever would plaster a smile on your face. Now what do you do?

When I have the pleasure of experiencing such an occurrence, I have to thank my God first and foremost. “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17) and I am obligated to “give thanks to the God of Heaven” (Psalm 136:26). I cannot emphasize enough my gratitude for my Savior and all the blessing that occur in my life every day.

Three years ago, my family was very close to having our house foreclosed. The only way to reach economic sufficiency would be to cut cost in unessential areas; it seemed the only resolution was to remove my brother and me from our private Christian school in order to save money on tuition expenses. However, after months of stress and struggling, good news arrived – the company my parents were negotiating with approved the lowering of our monthly mortgage payment, saving both our house and mine and my brother’s education arrangements. God provided not only our monetary needs, but He also protected me spiritually – at that time, if I had transferred to a different school, I have no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am today. I specifically remember praying together as a family, thanking God that our housing situation had been resolved. Now looking back, I also thank Him for protecting me from further negative influences and allowing me to stay at Schaumburg Christian, which ultimately became the location in which I found my Savior nearly a year ago. “God is my refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1), and I pray that the habit of thankfulness to the Provider reoccurs in every instance of receiving good news.

written for The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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Sound Encouragement

“Sometimes in order to rise, we first fall. Take that first step, remember to keep going and finish the journey. This is one of those projects- one of those moments that will either break you or build you. Focus on creating a positive mindset, build that experience, and make something beautiful. With no right or wrong, there’s no pressure.” -Yohannan Lee on Creating Art

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Speaking with Confidence – Daily Prompt

Several surveys have been conducted to determine humans’ biggest fear. The results showed that public speaking, formally known as glossophobia, struck the majority of those tested as the most intimidating. It could be argued that the task seems daunting due to the fact that many are “inexperienced” in this area; however, this is far from the case. Humans interact with each other and develop communication skills on a daily basis; therefore, “lack of exposure” to public speaking is an illegitimate excuse. Granted, many people lack organized thought process and education concerning correct gestures and tone, resulting in poor speaking skills, but this isn’t the case for the entirety of the seventy-five percent of those who claimed to have glossophobia. So what exactly causes this apprehension? Public speaking is subconsciously viewed by many as a threat towards the demoting of self value. Self value is determined either by comparison to others or feedback from others. To avoid public speaking is actually a method of preserving one’s image; the true fear isn’t communicating to an audience, but actually of harming one’s own self value.

Being that I am confident in my communication skills, as many of the writers here on WordPress are, I feel that public speaking isn’t an intimidating task. Whether it is a formal practiced speech or an extemporaneous rendition, I feel that if one is confident in his message and has the ability to express his thoughts in an appropriate and organized style, then what is there to fear? To continue with that idea, if one is not learned in the fundamentals of proper communication, he must become educated in order to conduct not only a profitable career, but also to effectively maintain relationships and develop confidence so that self value is no longer a factor. Promote a better society by becoming educated and comfortable with the idea of public speaking. 

written for The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Naked with Black Socks 

9/11 Commemoration Poem – Daily Prompt: Thank You

At five years old, I hardly understood

The tragedy that had just occurred.

I vaguely remember my kindergarten teacher

Frantically racing from one room to another

Desperately trying to gather information

And hold back emotions that would worry the children.

At that time, I knew nothing of terrorism;

I couldn’t understand why such men

Would harm our country in the name of religion.

Shame be to those individuals’ poisonous decisions,

But we can now reflect on 9/11

And applaud the citizens who showed great heroism.

I commend the emergency personnel who blared their sirens,  

And all those who took control of the chaotic situation.

During this time, Americans supported each other

And prayers were recited with somber demeanor.

But despite the devastation, many found comfort in God’s word,

For we do know that all things work together for good. 

 

written for The Daily Post – Daily Prompt: Thank You 

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When One Door Closes, Another Opens – Daily Prompt

When one door closes, another opens.

It’s a cliché statement, but it couldn’t be more true, especially at this point in my life. Senior year is going to fly by, and the next major step of my life will begin: college. I plan to go to Columbia College Chicago and study journalism; writing is my passion, and although I realize that it’s difficult to break into the industry, I’m confident that my work ethic and skill will appeal to employers and I WILL find a job. Despite the number of times I get criticized by my peers and authority figures for my “poor career choice,” I honestly can’t see myself pursuing a different profession.

To refer back to the six words I chose, I understand fully that artist are often rejected by employers, critics, audiences of various sorts, and so on. But when one door closes, another opens – a lost opportunity isn’t a disappointment, but a growing experience. I believe that the key to success in any profession is persistence and motivation; rejection allows one to access their work and correct imperfections in style, which increases one’s skill and probability of employment. In other words, the correct response to denial will always lead to alternative opportunities.

I’m not always the most positive person – I would definitely describe myself as a realist more than anything. However, I find comfort in my ambition. I may be speaking from the stance of a young and inexperienced teenager, but I genuinely believe that one should enjoy the career he chooses. Authorities’ and peers’ opinions may be a factor, money may be the American dream, but the pursuit of happiness is everyone’s ultimate goal. Choose a profession for the experience and personal satisfaction it provides, no matter how difficult the path to success may be. In the future, doors will close for me. But if I react with an appropriate response that builds rather than defeats, I’m confident that new opportunities will show themselves available. 

written for The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other.