Daily Prompt: To Boldly Go….

An impending new year gives rise to reflection and goal setting. What will your goals for 2014 be? It’s never to early to start thinking about self improvement!

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CONTEMPLATION.

Crow on a Lamp Post in Feldbrunnen

I am sure this crow was contemplating whether to take a jump and fly or not. One of those on the spur of the moment photos taken on my way to the train stop in the village. They let me out yesterday as I had to go to the opticians to pick up my new glasses. Life is much clearer now.

My goals for 2014: the most important and really only one is that I will be able to write a similar blog theme at the end of 2014, you never know. I stopped doing goals some time ago, they arrive if they are meant to arrive. Too much excitement is never good for a golden oldie, it might be your last goal. Looking at things in a merrier light, I have already bought my Christmas cards. You can never be too late, although they are still unpacked and telling me to get on with the job. Due to how the world is shrinking with this modern communication thing (blame it on Bill Gates), my friends and relations now seem to be in far-flung places, so I have to get a move on and start writing to make sure they arrive in time. Although it seems I could do it all online. I am still thinking about that one.

Today I had a small goal to take my daily golden oldie creative sleep after lunch. Somehow there was a malfunction in my timing and instead of my usual one hour relaxation in Nirvana it developed into two hours, but here I am awake and ready to go. Is that a sign of growing older?

Do I have to improve myself? I do not think so, what do you think Mr. Swiss? He was just about to say something, but I told him not to bother. After all I am so perfect, I do not want my illusion completely destroyed. Perhaps next year will be the year of the Nobel/Pulitzer/Man Booker prize for me or I might succeed in winning the Blogger of the Year award, if it exists. My gift of articulation has not been recognised yet, but who knows what is around the corner.

I am almost finished with the NaBloPoMo, you know this thing about writing a blog daily during the month of November. That is an achievement in itself. I generally write once a day in any case, but not with intention as you never know what is around the corner, looking on the negative side of things. There are four days to go. Will I win one of those treasured iPads that might be handed out, will I be recognised as a Fifty Shade of Blog that the world is waiting for? Perhaps I will be paid for my future blogs, to ensure that my words of blog wisdom will be maintained amongst my disciples. Or, of course, the world may continue to ignore my blogging talent and all that will be left is an inscription somewhere, perhaps a plaque in the village

She was here

www angloswiss-chronicles com.

Franz Kafka was only discovered and recognised as a great writer after his untimely death, so there is always hope: probably one of the reasons why many of his works were left unfinished. I am glad that blogs are brief works of literature, especially at my age.

On this happy note I will leave you to have a good think about what to do with your future ambitions and to compose a list of goals to achieve throughout the coming year: may it be longer than mine. Perhaps you will not be successful and your talents are left unrecognised as mine, but things can only get better.

Daily Prompt: To Boldly Go

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Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?


Van der Sar ready for action

Did someone mention goals? Now here is my all-time favourite goalie, the Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar in goal for Manchester Utd. I took the photo from the TV, that is why the quality is not so good. The match was Manchester Utd. against Chelsea in the UEFA Cup Final 2008. Manchester won, but it was penalties at the end. With such a perfect goalie of course they won.

This was a few years ago, and Van der Saar is no longer the young active goalie he was, but you must admit he is a good looker.

I am sure he was glad that his team scored enough goals, but I have scored enough in my blogging history? To be quite honest I never had any goals. I started blogging about ten years ago and I did not even know what I was doing. It reminded me of school. The teacher would give you a subject and you wrote an essay. Sometimes the subjects were boring, sometimes they were ok, and if you were in the right mood you even got somewhere with it. I did have two essays in print in our school magazine, and still have the original magazines today.

Over the years you had a family, went to work and there was really no time for blogging. I do not even think that the word existed as such when my children were between nappies and doing homework. I actually only really discovered blogging through learning the purpose of a computer. Mr. Swiss decided we must have an e-mail address. I did not even want one, I was too busy with the housework. I think we must have been one of the first to have a .com or whatever. Years go by, and you start to think “what can I do with my computer?”  Mr. Swiss and I both used the computer daily when at work, but we also had a private use.  Mr. Swiss had long discovered ipods and music downloads and somewhere along the line I even did a web assistant course, and had two web sites going: tempo passati, too much work and stress.

In between I started to blog. I did not really know what I was doing, but decided to tell the world what is happening in my insignificant life. I was still a working woman and even discovered writing challenges and photo challenges.

I still did not have any goals, and today I am also goalless. I just blog. Now and again you can run out of ideas, but we have things called “Daily Prompt” which feeds you with subjects to blog about. The nice thing about the Daily Prompt is that you can illustrate it and twist it according to your own wishes, or?

So to answer the question, I did not set any goals (too much stress), in which case I had nothing to achieve (except for showing a photo of my favourite goal keeper) and nothing could really change as there were not any goals in the first place.

Blogging is for me a fun thing, not a serious chance to become a discovered author (50 Shades of Blogging was never my thing). If I write a story it is because I have an idea. I do not make charts with notes on how to write, it just flows from my greying brain cells (I have even more than 50). My camera is always with me, ready to attack an unknowing subject. That is when Mr. Swiss disappears into another corner, away from me. I think he is worried that I might get arrested for being a paparazzi in the local supermarket.

So let us blog away: forget the housework, washing, ironing and cooking. It is not an easy life, I had to clean the kitchen and clear a few items of ironing before I sat down to this blog. I sometimes wonder how the well-known female authors manage to write their books. Do they have paid servants, or do they just leave everything and do a quick dust/hoover once a week. I have often wondered about this. Does J.R. Rowling with Harry Potter or E.L. James with her 50 Shades live in chaos? I know I would if I just blogged my day away.

Daily Prompt: Goals