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Nostalgia – Photo Challenge

Nostalgia

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On a beautiful day as this, with the rays of the sun traveling down our backs, the smells from the harbor wafting in the background,  the memories flooded back with such an inexplicable intensity.

Rearing its head at an organic pace was that intimate, sentimental yearning for a return to a time past.

In a different time, on a different day, this would be the simplest request – the drive down that hilly thoroughfare in that ride, both of which are no more.

Ever wonder about these remnants and “What should have or maybe could have” been here in the Rocks, or not?

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Know the difference(s) before you provide your next feedback; Customer Reviews versus Testimonials.

The difference between Customer Reviews and Testimonials

Reviews are evaluations of products or services usually written by clients or customers on social media sites  like Amazon, Better Business Bureau, Yelp, TripAdvisor and OpenTable to name a few.

These reviews could be provide either positive or negative feedback and allow the vendor or merchant to respond to the feedback provided by the customer on product pages, search engines or a separate review website.

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Testimonials serve as a way of showing off how others have benefited from your product or service.  Unlike customer reviews it is not conversational which means the provider does not have the opportunity to respond to the feedback provided.  It is a powerful tool for building trust and encouraging potential buyers to take action.

Testimonials are meant to demonstrate success and so the more specific the testimonials with regard to the tangible impact of the services or product provided and the client’s overall experience, the more effective it is.

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Surrender All of it- The Conclusion

Kanyi caught a smile creeping up on him as he recalled growing up, some of the things his parents did for each other.  He had observed how the principle of surrender to God and to each other had played out in his parents’ 43 years of marriage.

Tenderness, a forgiving spirit, trust, vulnerability and mutual respect were core ingredients of their relationship.  Even after all these years, the way they strived to be of service to each other in the simple and big things, still amazed him.

As simple as they made it seem, he always marveled at the depth and richness of their friendship; something he was beginning to appreciate and desire more as he got older.

Earlier on in the year, following his breakup with Minna, there had been a growing uneasiness that was gnawing away at his spirit.  Then something happened at his church and the message was clear: he had to surrender it all.

On that particular Sunday, the pastor was teaching a sermon based off of scripture in Deuteronomy 11:12.

It was about God’s providence and His promise to have His eyes continually on our needs from the beginning of the year to its end. The only condition required was that as Christ followers to surrender their will to a loving Father who only desires the best for his children.

He walked out of service that day with a renewed desire to surrender his struggles which stemmed from ‘free fall’ fear, doubt, stubbornness and even pride.

Sunday Brunch and then some 

As they polished off what was left of their brunch at Ah-Wholein de Wall, Horace Silver’s “Song for my Father” was also winding down.  Judging by Kanyi’s crumb free plate, it appeared to Kene, the sweet potato pancakes and the mango jicama salad with cilantro and lime dressing were a big hit.

On the drive back to pick up Kene’s car, a Christian radio show came on and the topic was pornography and erotica in the Christian’s life.  Kanyi reached over with his right hand for the radio station knob. Continue reading “Surrender All of it- The Conclusion”

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Mirror

Photo Challenge – Mirror

…show us a mirror. You can take this photo challenge literally, and find reflections in mirrors, or in the stillness of a natural body of water. Live in an urban area? Some skyscrapers are beautifully reflective of the cityscape around them. Or, use this challenge to take a photo of yourself in the mirror. Self-documentation is important, especially for those of us who are usually behind the lens

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What type of emotions or thoughts does this composition evoke?

Classic car from the 50’sand 60’s on the streets of a 21st century commercial strip.  Not lost on the viewer is the reflection of a modern day sports utility vehicle (SUV) , as much as can fit into the side mirror’s real estate of a stationary vehicle.

In my mind’s eye, it’s a medley.  My curiosity is bubbling over and I can’t help but engage in my one man conversation with self.  I am curious about the different elements of the composition.

What is real and what is simulated?

Is it all smoke and mirrors?  “Smoke and mirrors” and by the way… what does that even mean?

In English language, it is used as a metaphor for describing deception and confusion.

In computer programming , it is used to describe a program or functionality that does not yet exist, but appears as though it does.

In photography, it is used to describe a technique of simulating certain conditions using different props.

In the final analysis, these are not props. This is all in living color!

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How to take your feedback from mediocre to phenomenal!

I came across a visual depiction with accompanying text on a social media platform of this courier service provider.  On its face, it seemed so simple but what was even more remarkable was the attention to detail in the description of this simple concept of a form of transportation unique to certain parts of the world.

The content connected with me in such enigmatic proportions that it immediately got me thinking of the most appropriate word(s) to compliment the content creator.  One thing was clear, this called for more than a quick and perfunctory “Job well done” Continue reading “How to take your feedback from mediocre to phenomenal!”

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Before you draw up your next to do list, think Batch tasking

What is batch tasking? dedicating blocks of time to perform similar tasks that require similar resources thereby streamlining the process.  It differs from multitasking which has no structured way for handling the variety of planned and unplanned tasks.

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Why batch tasking? Helps with time management.  In addition to being a time saving mechanism, it reduces distractions; boosts creativity & productivity, by leveraging  the momentum garnered from the previous execution of similar oriented tasks; the need to make major mindset shifts when in the “groove of things” is minimized.

Zigzagging between answering phone calls,  creating content,  meeting with a vendor and then back to content creation should now be a thing of the past.  Batch tasking is more in the vein of  “we are on a roll, so why settle for one blog post when we can knock out three more within a shorter window of time!

Why take a break? Refreshing.  Well deserved breaks are the cherry on the sundae.   Batching tasks makes taking breaks an even more attainable goal.  It is an effective way of preparing the mind for the next batch of similar tasks.  Think reset button.

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Surrender All of it- Part 2

 

Kanyi plopped himself onto the couch after having some of Efe’s cooking.  He replayed bits of the conversation with Kene.  It had been a while since he had a refreshing conversation with a female, not related to him.

Suddenly he felt the flood of self-admonishing fill his thoughts “Maybe I should not have been so quick to extend an invitation to Kene…What was I thinking…STOP!  Kanyi blurted out aloud.

Lowering his forehead onto his interlaced fingers resting on the dining table.  “Lord God, Father in Heaven, please take charge and give me peace.  Let me worry less and focus on you more.”

The prayer seemed to have calmed him down.

Kene called a few days later to thank him again but had to turn down the invitation because of a schedule conflict.  Just as she was about to hang up, Kanyi said “Kene, if it is ok with you, after the festival is over,  I would like to grab coffee or chocolate, your choice, and chat for a bit”

They arranged to meet up a few weeks after.

Continue reading “Surrender All of it- Part 2”