A Face Off with Life

Sometimes life is a boxer with gloved hands.
It knocks you down and dances around you, laughing.
It dares you to pull yourself back up again.
You lie on the rough mat, beaten and exhausted.
Life slaps the mat.
You hear the count.
One. Two. Three. Four.
The seconds tick off.

Sometimes it’s doubt that holds you down,
Making it harder to get up.
Your throat stings with failure, you taste weakness.
You don’t know what to do because you feel despair.
Your heart pumps it.
You cough it up.
The seconds tick off.
Five. Six. Seven. Eight.

Sometimes it’s faith that lifts you up,
Making it easier to be strong.
Your soul fills with spirit, you taste courage.
You know what to do because you have hope.
Your hand grips it.
You drink it down.
The seconds tick off
The count is nine.

Sometimes you are a boxer with gloved hands.
You climb back up and dance around life, laughing.
You dare it to knock you down again.
You stand on the rough mat, revived and confident.
Life tosses its gloves.
The count is over.
Your words are taunting,
“See you next time.”

We all have moments when we feel beaten and exhausted by a round with life. We can choose how we face off with life’s challenges – let them knock us down for the count or use our courage and faith to pull ourselves back up again.

As Roger Crawford said, “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

Care to Share?

When you faced off with one of life’s challenges, what did you do to get back into the fight?

New Blogger Alert

Guess what? Linda, From Roses to Rainbows, announced recently her husband, Jim, has started his own blog. He’s a very funny man. I think you’ll like his posts:~) I encourage you to stop by and welcome him to the blogging community.

Photo Challenge: Name the Animal

photo by sara b. healy

I live in Florida, USA. We have some unusual animals in our state.

We even have our own Bigfoot. He’s called the Skunk Ape. I’m not sure how fond I am of having a Skunk Ape as one of our unusual animals, but the pictures tell the story. Also, according to those who’ve gotten close enough to snap a picture, so does the nose.

You never know when a new animal will emerge from the one of our swamps. As a serious photographer, I make it my mission to seek and find the odd, strange and unique.

Therefore, when I discovered this animal on a golf course, I took his picture. So far, no one has been able to identify him.

Your challenge: Be the Zoologist

You’ve been asked to study this new animal and then answer the following questions.

  1. What kind of animal is he? Is it a mammal, bird, fish, reptile, amphibian, invertebrate or invent your own?
  2. What name would give him? I’m not talking about Harry or Mary. I mean an animal name, like the Skunk Ape.
  3. What unusual things should we know about this new animal? Hint: Be creative, but I’m not sure you can beat the “skunk” ape:~)

Extra credit

Write about the order, genus and the family of this new creature similar to Wikipedia’s description of an alligator:

“An alligator is a crocodilian (order) in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae.”

Remember This

Photo Challenges are meant to be silly and fun. Enjoy making things up:~)


Story Photo: First Words

photo by sara b. healy

Let’s get right to it. You stepped outside the door and there he was, staring at you. He opened his little mouth and said…

Your Challenge

Your challenge is to fill in the first words this little guy said to you.

Here’s my take:

“Please help me. I put my fingers in my ears and now they’re stuck.”

Special Challenge

Create a brief dialogue between you and this little silver guy.

A belated thank you.

Patricia over at Patricia’s Wisdom gave me a blog award recently — The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. I wanted to thank her for this honor. It was very nice of her to think of me. I love Patricia’s site, especially her book reviews. I can’t tell you how many books I would have missed, if not for her review. My library grows with each review and I’m usually not disappointed:~)


Photo Challenge: The Face-Off

photo by sara b. healy (click to enlarge)

While walking on the beach one day, I came across two strange creatures I’d never seen before. They’d come from far, far, far…take my word it…very far away!

When I stumbled upon them, they were in a face-off with each other. I snapped this quick picture before they were yanked away by some unseen force and disappeared. I never saw them again.

Your Challenge

Answer one or more of the questions listed below. In your comment, be sure to let us know which questions you picked to answer.

If you choose #5 be sure to give your creatively crafted question, as well your creatively crafted answer:~)

  1. What are the names of the two creatures?
  2. Where did they come from?
  3. Why are they in a face-off?
  4. What force yanked them away and why?
  5. Make up your own question and answer it.

If you dare, you can click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see the creatures better. Be careful, they are a scary pair.

Have fun, be creative and, by all means, enjoy this challenge:~)