Share Your World 14 September 2019

Here are my answers to this week’s SYW from Sparks.

She says, “For the next two weeks “Share Your World” will have two parts.  The excellent blogger, Roger Shipp, is the creator and host (if you will) of the first part.   He found a unique way of passing some of the quarantine time and that was from watching ALL the “Harry Potter” movies.   He came up with some really fun and intriguing questions (four a week for each movie) about the movie in question.   This week we visit “HP And The Half Blood Prince”.   I’m going to link to Roger’s blog so you can post your link over on his blog OR you can do it here as usual.

I’m reiterating this ‘disclaimer’:  I realize some folks have never seen nor read a single book or seen any movie about Harry Potter.   Therefore I’m going to do three or four ‘regular’ questions for folks who aren’t Harry fans.  It’s cool to do both sets OR just one or the other, as you wish. “

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

(Book/Film Six – there is one more to go!)

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions: 

You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

Clean the windows and Change the bed linen – they both make me tired.

At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

Levitation pills – it would be fun to rise up in the air and float about.

In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

Give it to my fussy daughter and introduce her to a suitable young man.

You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

I have a friend who needs of lot of good luck at present. I would give it to her.

Melanie’s Mundane Muggle Questions:

If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place?  Why?

It would be a worse place if everybody spoke their mind. There is a time and place to speak your mind. We should not play games though. Expecting others to guess what you really are feeling is self defeating – they won’t. It would be great if we all communicated how we felt and what we wanted from each other.

Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

It depends on what you mean by achieving nothing. Surely we all achieve something. How can achieving nothing make you happy? Since I have been retired I certainly don’t achieve the same things I did in the past but I am really happy with what I do achieve. I am happy with the pace of life but that is because I am at that stage of life when it’s okay to slow down and have different priorities. Personally I feel happier when I have done everything I set out to do each day but also it gives me satisfaction to look back on my life and reflect on all my personal achievement, humble though they are. I wrote the first draft of a book in 2007 and then didn’t look at it again for years. I didn’t feel it was the right time to publish it. But I dislike having uncompleted projects. I won’t go into the reasons why I left it so long but the nagging inside me got worse as the years progress until l I took it out again last year and after three more drafts and working with a professional editor it is final ready for publication. That gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
Having said that there are many great achievers who aren’t happy for reasons that have nothing to do with their achievements. Some people for one reason or another just find it very difficult to be happy all the time. Usually they are the ones who care more deeply and worry more earnestly about what is wrong with the world. Without them nothing would be done to right these wrongs. We need them to balance the happy go lucky types of this world.

I know that mental illness makes it difficult for many people to bring themselves out of depression but for those who are not ill, happiness is a choice. Mental illness aside, you can choose to make yourself miserable, you can wallow in your misery or you can do something about it, get help and try to find one some joy in life. I know many people who have experienced great disasters in their lives yet they choose to move on, make others their priority and spread cheer to all around them.

Of course you can be happy, if for just one week or one day, you achieve nothing. You probably deserve the break.

How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

First of all you have to get past the falling in love bit and consider whether you can live with this person for the rest of your life. Are you friends? Do you communicate well? Do you enjoy each other’s company? I believe if you can work out differences and put up with minor irritations you can last for life. But if you are being used and abused then you should get out no matter how much you love the good in the partner you originally chose. In the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.”

GRATITUDE SECTION  (as always this is optional)

Please feel free to write about or share an image of something you’re grateful for!

I usually take my good health very much for granted. Last year brought me up short when I went down with pneumonia which was the most serious illness I have ever suffered. I was most grateful that I bounced back from that very quickly. I eat healthily, exercise regularly and take my vitamins. But I am not as invincible as I once thought and recently I came down with food poisoning which lasted four days and has left me feeling weak and fatigued. It made me realise again how lucky I am not to suffer from any debilitating disease. I am really grateful for that. I know in my head that life is fragile. At my age I am attending more funerals than weddings – these days on Zoom! I am grateful for having known those friends now gone but it still breaks my heart that I won’t see them in this world again. Every day is precious. I am grateful for each one that I enjoy in good health.


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