Did You Hear The Doorbell Ring ?

It Sounded So Loud

It caught me off guard

I wasn't expecting company at this hour

There it goes again

I get all excited and can't wait to run to the door

Just like a kid when the mailman would come

I got it

I got it

As I open the door eagerly

Anticipating what it could be

A gift for me

I am right

No it's not U.P.S. or the FED EX truck

It's an idea that flew for light years to get here

I know this one is out of this world

Some people say how do you know that ?

I say I feel it in my gut

It's like nothing I ever have known

I want to scratch my head and stand quietly for a moment

My face with a puzzled look on it

Now a big smile

Like I found the funnies in the paper for the first time

Nothing else could take me away from my new found joy

It is here to stay

Because it has shown me a world of wonderful color

When so many other people only see life in black and white

So with all my energy and might

I have found a new friend

It is one of sheer delight




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Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Your poem made me smile. We have no doorbell but a bell at the front gate. The good thing about this is that when the bell rings we can peek out the window and if there is an unknown person at the garden gate we pretend we're not home. Hey, in our suburban neighborhood we rarely get strangers so if we aren't waiting for anyone then it is best not to answer.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

You will forever be young at heart. :)


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee People don't wait for the mailman to come. It's no big deal anymore. Emails and texts on the phone and IM 's on the computer changed the world forever. So nice to hear from you hope your doing great. I still think there is something special about a card in the mail or a hand written letter. Have a pleasant night. Shanmarie I think if we think like when we were young we can appreciate everything. Thank you so much. SHELLS


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

A delightful account of the joy of anticipation and then, of finding an even better 'gift'!


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Nellieanna There are so many joys in life that can thrill us forever. Using my imagination and all my senses is my biggest joy of all. It doesn't cost a penny and it keeps me busy for hours. The end result is always my deepest mystery. No matter what I imagined it is only a peephole for what can come. Through that hole I see an abundant world of love and laughter always crossing paths like two great lovers who go their separate ways only to meet again and relive the magic they once new. Only to leave once more and later we will have to wait to see when they bumb just like bumber cars it was only a matter of time.Thanks for your kind words. Have a happy Sunday.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

Do you realize that your imagination IS the reality of your days? If or when it all materializes, the most fun will still be in the imaging it! The actual experience of it will be great, of course, but the imaging is one's own design, without a glitch or a real-life bump (unless one imagines those, too. haha.

So you're getting to design it to your own standard of perfection, plus, as you say, it costs nothing and fills the hours with joyous involvement.

Also, it's a fact that what one envisions is attracted to oneself. It may not be instantly but one's subconscious embraces the visions as if they were the way things should be and so it attracts, sees and embraces the opportunities that fit it, to bring them into one's life. This is called making Affirmations and it's results can be encouraged by thinking of them in positive language, first person 'real time', such as thinking "I am a successful poet." having visual reminders around, etc. I taught my Mary Kay consultants to practice this and I did so, myself.

The interesting thing is that it also works for envisioning the negative stuff. The subconscious is not judgmental, so it accept those envisioning as wha it needs to attract, see and embrace - - and bring into one's life!

The Bible exhorts us to think on the good things for a reason! It seems to install them! Too often people are too aware of the negatives and don't dwell enough on the positives and - guess what! 'What you SEE (imagine) is what you get."


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

I posted a reply without keeping a copy. I saw it on the comment thread for a moment but not now.

Hope it gets approved if it appears to you. :)


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Nellieanna I practice affirmations all the time. I am always learning new approaches and enjoy all the stories. If you get a chance to read The Law Of Attraction by Ester Hicks it explains a lot. I received all your comments and as always I am thrilled. Thank you so much.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Nellieanna I practice affirmations all the time. I am always learning new approaches and enjoy all the stories. If you get a chance to read The Law Of Attraction by Ester Hicks it explains a lot. I received all your comments and as always I am thrilled. Thank you so much.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

I'm not surprised that you know and use Affirmations! I'm making not of that title and author. I can see where its leading! We attract what we envision, right?

Hugs!


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Nellieanna Each day makes more sense.It's not what we want in life. It's how we use what we have been given to create the life worth living. Sometimes I have to hear the same thing many different ways before it sinks in. One thing I am sure of is my passion and desire to enjoy the people in my life who mean the most and find ways to appreciate them through the craft of the written word. To carry a thought along to join another thought.Then take those two thoughts to create a new thought. What we get is a dream and now it is my ambition to see it to fruition. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Yes, the mind of a child is a beautiful thing. When my children were toddlers, I used to love showing them things like butterflies. Just about anything, really. The awe in their expressions was genuine and so fun to be a part of.

Now, my daughter thinks I'm crazy. When she's not busy thinking I'm a mean mother instead. Sigh. . .But seriously, all of them, really, think it's funny if I'm singing or dancing around just being silly. They have fun with it and I love to hear them laugh. I hope it's moments like that they will remember and treasure most when they are adults. Many of my favorite memories of family and friends involve laughter. Such a warm feeling to recall those times, too.

So. . .go on and think like a child! There's still plenty to be awed by. I want to go see the butterfly garden, but I think I missed it this year. Next year perhaps. And the museums....so much to see and to learn. So much even in everyday life to see and to learn. I'm trying my hand at growing some vegetables. That amazes me because I can't even keep a cactus alive, it seems. LOL One of these days maybe I'll get it right!

As for the mailman at my door, gosh. . . that hasn't happened in years. It seems like they've all gone to driving by now, with mailboxes at the streets. I can't trust mail to get delivered to me here so we got a PO Box instead. Before this, we lived in an apartment and anything that didnt' fit in the box was taken to the office. But even before that, in another town, the mail lady was too lazy to come to our door when we had a package. She'd leave a note in the mailbox when she drove by saying she had one and that we could pick it up later. One time when I got mad because it was college textbooks I needed and couldn't wait until after the holiday to pick it up, she claimed she was scared of the dog that wasn't even outside. Plus, I happened to see her drive by that day and she never even pulled into our driveway. But. . .oh well.

You know, at times I've thought I would not mind being a mail delivery person. Why not be a mailwoman? I really do not like jobs that require me to sit down all day. Desk jobs are often interesting,b ut then I feel sluggish. I'd rather be moving around. And a delivery route offers a change of scenery throughout the day as well as exercise! Or, as you stated, a new friend.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie You give me more insight and passion. Off to work. ThAnk you for the lovely comment. Have a good day.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Well, thank you! It always baffles me when someone tells me I am insightful. Because I don't try to be. LOL But I see it as a compliment because those are the people that tend to influence me the most.

You didn't ask and I suppose I'm putting my two cents into a conversation I'm not a part of. . .but. . . I do think it is important to remember that when you are affirming things, it works the same way with people. If there are enough good things to outweigh the bad, you have it made. You focus on the worst in them and you will see it. You focus on the good things in them and you will see that. It's the only way friendships will last. Any relationship, for that matter. If there's more good than bad, I see no point in pushing people away. But that's just me. I see a world of worth in all of the good. The bad things eventually fall away and can no longer cut so deeply, but the good things continue to inspire for a lifetime.

You know when you don't believe in yourself and you're just barely hanging on? You know things intellectually that your heart is struggling to internalize. We've all had those moments. Well, there's nothing like those people quietly there in the background urging you on. And I've learned so much about that and about myself these past few years. Listening with empathy without taking it on myself. Reaching out to those who just need someone there. And each time I am met with a grateful response, I am reminded of so many people in my life who have been blessings and who are blessings to me. By looking for the best in people, I see that some of those things I consider negative traits are just a reflection of something else going on internally. And then I can see past those things to all the good. All of the things worth bringing out in that person.

Or....like what we were talking about the other day. . .dealing with difficult people at work. Do these people always have such a bad disposition or is there something else happening to cause stress? I laughed the other day when a coworker said she hates working with so many grumpy people. I laughed because the people complaining about others being grumpy are often perceived as grumpy themselves. She was like, "Oh, I'm not grumpy." And I know she's not. There are other reasons she seems that way sometimes that others are misreading. A grimace, for instance, could be the result of a headache and not a bad attitude. But those others aren't really all that grumpy either. Most of them. And if they took the time to see past the blinders, they'd get along much better with one another. You'd be surprised by the reaction you might get simply by asking someone who seems grumpy if they are okay. It can be enough to change their attitude.


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Nellieanna 7 months ago from TEXAS

DreamOn - You're amazing. It's such a pleasure to witness your amazing growth, which has been steady and sure, while you also maintain your optimistic, beauty-seeking perspective and increase in wisdom!

It seems that you've found your truth and your true calling or callings. You're supposed to bring insight to others and it's probably through the written word . . . but mostly, its through your own example!


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie The hours we devote to our jobs we can learn so much. On the outside we have to learn to work together not just excel on an individual level. Then of course dealing with customers and issues that arise. If we don't look on the small level but see a greater good in work, home, family, relationships they all don't have to be treated separate. They really aren't. You are the same person maybe you act different among different people. I find it easier to stay the same and I just develop inwardly not what on the outside happens. I break down my days by making a list of people I meet. Then I write next to that person a few sentences of what happened and how their views might be different than mine. So at a later date maybe I can understand I could of been wrong and their way could of been better. Other times I have learned through my past experiences that my way was better and how could I of explained myself better. Either way even in a bad situation I may put the solution I thought would of been better. Then I pretend in my mind that's the way it happened. By imagining the outcome I want I get to move passed the problem and see a better ending. Almost like your a movie producer and the plot was already written and you have to decide the outcome. My mind is satisfied with the outcome either real or imagined it doesn't matter. Then I clear my head and off to my next thought or As I like to think of them as rides at Disney World. Each one is exciting and new. I never know what to expect. When I leave I am mentally moved by so many different good emotions. I can't wait to ask other people did you go on that ride? What did you think ? Let's do it again. Thank you for sharing and explaining in your comments they mean a lot.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Nellieanna What beautiful words I had to take a minute to frame them in my mind. It is easy to spot other people's talent like a doctor who studied for years about health and medicine. A lawyer who knows the laws and the consequences when you don't follow them. A dentist who can take away the excruating pain from a tooth ache. A mom who tenderly soothes their sick child. An actress who performs an unbelievable role that people look at in amazement. I think a writer is always on the edge of mystery like a scientist who practices for years who may or may not have a big breakthrough. They believe in their heart there is a way no matter if other people see it or not. Always keeping an open mind that could give them the results they have always dreamed. Hopefully people can see all your work and know how hard you have tried even if failing many times. Like a baby learning to walk I keep falling but each time I get up I rub my knees and say ouch that smarts. I will try not to fall again. Then if I only learn how to fall I can fall and not get hurt as much. Putting my hands down first to soften the blows. I find falling on my butt backwards painless. Then again if I improve my art of walking I might not fall. What I have learned about falling might be able to help someone. If I could only talk baby talk I could save them a lot of crying. Well maybe falling is just one of those things you have to learn for yourself. Then wouldn't be something if we all could share our experiences about falling. We could title it Not always Standing Up. Well I don't know what my next words might be. I do know what ever they are I see them act out in my mind physically first. Like an ice cream melting. You can see how firm it starts out. Then one side starts to drip. Then the top of the ice cream begins to sway like a sheet in the wind. So slowly. The heaviness. It can't hold it straight up like a little boy in school who begins to slouch. You may do it a little in the beginning it won't be long now. The boy gets fidgety and his legs begin to buckle. His hips lose control. Who knows maybe even his eyes begin to roll. After a yawn or two. All I can say is thank you. All I try to do is bring a little happiness back in the day. Well that's a white lie. Happiness has always been there many people just didn't see it because they had their back turned or their eyes closed. I do know when I walk away from writing something no matter how trivial it may seem to many I feel as exhilarated as when I first sat down an hour and a half ago. SHELLS


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

I most definitely agree that people are the same inside no matter the situation. I don't really act differently at work than elsewhere. Except as it demands of us. Have to be professional. But I admit that even laughed that comes naturally has gained a complaint or two from people quick to assume things like foreplay and no work. I've just learned things aren't always as they seem. Like those old commercials. LOL

If imaging a different outcome works for you, good for you. :) My inclination is just to try to understand both sides, as if blending two different realities into one.

You have such a unique outlook. That's a good thing. Life is too short to be so serious all of the time. Enjoy your ride!


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie I will try the way you look at a situation it will give me a new look. Thank you for reading. Off to work and I will see what today brings.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Your way might be better for you. Mine just comes from who I am down deep. I don't like unnecessary division. It's sad to me. It's like hearing two sides of someone else's story. And that happens to me allot, or at least it used to when I was around people more often . Anyway, hearing both sides is a totally different perspective and I would think to myself, what if they understood the whys? Or what if this person knew the other on really didn't mean it that way? Things like that. The sort of things that happen in mediation only not being at liberty to mediate. So, if possible, I try to do that whenever I am involved in a conflict. It doesn't always work, especially if it's just one-sided. But it does often enough that it's just a part of who I am now.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Oh my. Types in my last comment. I meant to say that laughter can get complaints from others assuming horseplay is taking place and little to no work. But appearances can be deceiving


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie I try not to judge the person at all. I try to keep an open mind and see the best possible solution . Here is an example I go to work to work and do my job the best of my ability at all times. My incentive is good work that makes me proud. My pay gives me an opportunity to expand my horizons and pay my current bills.I work with a lot of younger people ages 18 to 25. They have a job some their first job and are there for the money. They want to do as less as possible and have no sense of pride. So I try to explain why it's important to do a good job and sometimes do extra even if you are not getting paid any more. Even if this isn't your lifetime job it is a good starting point. I try to explain how good work habits carry with you and bad habits are hard to break. I try to show examples and think when I was there age. I would do anything I was asked and always striving to be like my seniors. They became my mentors and motivators. So I backed off thinking they understood what I meant and even though I am just a coworker giving friendly advice from years of experience. Giving them good tips and a good attitude can take you places. In the same week I watched more than one coworker who I have talked to and tried to help. They not only do less but perform badly. We have a lot of young managers who are about the same age that are no better. I am out numbered and as the time passes new hirerees follow them and think that's the way things are done. It's not their fault. They are just doing as they are told. I work with some twenty five employees at any time. It can be frustrating when you have to correct things that are wrong. Do more work than necessary. Making my job harder. They just don't get it. I tried to see what their goals, dreams, ambitions and apply it a different way. They want to leave early, go hang out with friends and see work as your going to pay me the same if I do a good job or bad. By the way I deserve a raise because I have been here six months and I don't get paid enough. Any suggestions appreciated and respected. As for the other comment I knew what you meant. Auto correct does that to me often and I hit send it's too late.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Gosh, I am probably young enough to be your daughter and you're asking me. What do I know? LOL I'm still learning as I go too. All I can say is that perspective changes a lot as we go forward in life. It's a constant wheel in motion. Sometimes we arrive back at our starting point (if it's best) and other times we find improvements. Hopefully we don't go backwards too far - and if we do, then hopefully we don't stay there too long.

That's a tricky situation to be in. I remember my first job well. It was a huge collectors shop, well known in my local area and beyond. There were something like 24 different rooms, each with their own theme. People were in awe when they walked in. Quite a sight to see. I remember being so nervous when I went for my interview, but I guess I did something right, smiling and looking her in the eye when I answered her questions. I wanted to please the management and they did recognize us for it, but they also weren't afraid to let us know where we had room for improvement. I was very fortune too that they treated us so well. I went to a collectors convention out of town on a bus with customers and with them and got paid for being there. I got to write my own schedule for the most part. When They hired another Shannon another coworker would call our name just to hear us both respond, especially if we were both at the registers. He thought it was hilarious. They took our suggestions seriously. And I even still remember a few customers. One lady said she always looked forward to seeing my smile and that sometimes she came in there just to walk around and relax. To the other extreme, there was a customer who always got bent out of shape about the expressions on her stuffed animals' faces. I remember her name! How terrible is that? LOL. No one ever wanted to assist her and listen to her grumbling.

I've never had another job like it. Most since the have made me feel more like being in high school again. It's a lot of what you describe with complaints behind the person's back the complaints are about. People on other shifts grumbling about what one shift or person did not do. And ways think that if They just did their own jobs there would be less time for complaints and more would get done. Less blame.

When I got a job off campus in college, I was hired to a brand new Starbucks not even open yet. We all trained in other towns. I worked some of both shifts. What I wished people would remember is that it's not always so cut and dry when things don't get done. Night shift was often busy without enough help and day shift was doing air too to keep stock ready. Now there were some people not pulling weight, but instead of looking at what the actual issues are people often decide if so and so won't do it, I won't do it for them. The result is that now more people are upset by what isn't getting done and nothing is solved. It's not really my job to worry about what other people do or don't do, but to do my job to the best of my ability. I try t I be considerate of others and maybe do extra if I can.

I know what you are saying, though, it's frustrating when your job is made harder and people aren't working as a team. Sometimes recognition helps to boost morale. If your management isn't doing that, maybe try it yourself. It will especially work of your coworker's love language is affirmations. Though, it's a work setting, the languages apply to just about any situation. When someone feels valued and appreciated at work, performance levels tend to go up. There are ways to incorporate all five languages into a work setting.

I did a hub on the five love languages in general, but of you get a chance, I highly recommend the one for singles because it addresses situations like the one you describe, conflicts with coworkers. Gary Chapman is the author. It teaches you how to recognize the needs of others so that they can better reciprocate by fulfilling your needs. There is a reason your work relationships aren't clicking. You aren't speaking the same language and that is probably the majority of the problem. The key to fixing that is to start from your end. Find the love language the person you want to reach speaks and go from there. We naturally want to reciprocate when we feel appreciated. Chapman even explains how to go about doing that.

Kids are young and irresponsible and now more people are in management or supervising roles at a young age these days. Many of them are still learning responsibility and even how to manage responsibility. Some treatment of others does not yield a good result. Other things motivate better. And some ways of doing things works better than others. I suppose that like all growing, it's part trial and error and part leading by example.

The one thing I do know is that either as a manager or a regular employee, the job is what I make of it. And insubordination would not help.either. I can speak up about my concerns, but in a polite manner. And in the meantime, I just do whatever is asked of me unless I am unable to for some reason. And I own up to any mistakes I make instead of passing blame.

You are so good at seeing life from a positive perspective. Hold onto that. Lord knows, I have to. When I fall, it's there waiting to provide hope for a better tomorrow and bright future. Try not to let the job take away from who you are. Focus on the good there. If you feel that pride from doing your best, great! That's a reward with or without recognition from others. If you let what others aren't doing become a weight you will be unhappy at work and it might carry over to your life outside the job.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie Well said. I never let age interfere with judgement. It's good to have a younger point of view. I am 51 and like to think fresh, alive and creative thoughts like young adults. They have the world ahead of them and they are our future. I can get lost like anyone else and have to back track to find where I could of taken a wrong turn. I am never afraid to admit when I make mistakes because that means I am one step closer to getting it right. Refocusing on the good that I love and enjoy in people is what moves me. Taking on more than I can chew makes me choke. So I love your answer and off to work to think about all the questions you brought to my mind. Have a relaxing night. The weather hit 60 today and that means I will be busy. People love to eat and that's a good thing. Job security in an uncertain world. Special thanks for going into detail about different situations it helps a lot. I am a visual person who works well with different problems when I see them on paper laid out.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Children look up to adults, young adults tend to look up to those older. We form mentor/mentee relationships with those around us sometimes without even trying to. To me, the magic of that is that it can go both ways if it is reciprocal. And that is not defined by age. Camaraderie crosses generations.

If I've helped in any way, you're welcome.

I can do well with laying things out, too. I learn by doing and by making the connections from both past and present observations and experiences. I absorb things people say to me, sometimes more than just by example alone. But ultimately, I have to do it myself for it to really sink in. Hands on learner, I guess. LOL That's when I best utilize things I've learned from others as I incorporate them into what I already know. Talking it out, writing it out . . . .things like that (which others sometimes say is 'too deep' haha). . .it's my way of being hands-on with the material. So maybe I learn best by all methods of learning, depending on the situation and subject matter? LOL. . .Okay ...now I'm off on a tangent. So have a good day and enjoy the weather.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago Author

Shanmarie I love that about life. The give and take that is so amazing. It is so nice to have someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of. I am all about learning and discovering the best way to do things. Thank you for all you input and helpful tips. Have a great day.

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