Share Your World 12 January 2021

This week, Sparks asks some interesting questions. Here are my answers.

What should you get rid off, that would make your new year better, and why? (Don’t say Covid-19, we all want to get rid of the dang virus)   I snagged this question from another blogger, but failed to note who thought it up.  My apologies!  I KNOW better than to trust my memory any more.  If it’s your question and you’d like credit, please let me know!  Great question too, in my opinion!

(I added this question after leaving it only realising it after I published.)

Well the stuff I should get rid of is packed neatly away in a deep dark cupboard. There’s a coffee maker that I never use and several other broken electronic things. It’s just not the kind of stuff you can throw in the bin. It must be useful to someone and I need to make the effort to advertise it on some site or other.

Anybody out there want my coffee machine?

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I gave 24 hours notice before I had another job to go to. At the time I was a single mother and I needed to pay the rent and put food on the table! I was unemployed for three months before I got another job but I managed on my minimal maintenance and meagre savings. It was the best thing I could have done. It gave me time to spend really good quality time with my child and to fix my broken spirit. My next post was awesome.

I think resigning from a job is risky. How do you know you’ll find another one? The next time I needed to resign from a post I was older, wiser and a lot more confident. I also had a husband who could support me if I didn’t find another job so it was not quite as risky as the first time I was so bold. But still it was scary. I would not recommend flippantly quitting your job until you find something else. Perhaps I’m in the fortunate position of having a career that is a calling and not a job. And those calls usually come via the telephone – “We urgently need a teacher – are you available?”

Actually come to think of it – it’s pretty daring being a teacher.

Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken?

We all have our burdens to bear and in our family there have been many things we’ve had to deal with but we face our problems head on and try not to feel sorry for ourselves. My kids are used to me saying things like, “There is always somebody worse off than you and whatever is going on in your life it won’t be forever. You will get over it.”

On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are?  (this does not mean ‘smell’ or looks; because this is a judgment free blog!) 

This can be interpreted as being humorous or being strange. I think I’m a bit of both. I have been told that I’m crazy and I’m proud of that. Sometimes I say things that make people laugh and they say I always cheer them up. But actually I’m being perfectly serious – I have no idea why I make them laugh. I suppose I’ll give myself a 6 for this one.


Tell everyone something that you found personally lifted your spirits!  

Watching the birds in my garden always lifts my spirits.

Cape Sugar birds and double-collared sunbird

5 thoughts on “Share Your World 12 January 2021

  1. Melanie B Cee

    Thanks, Helen for Sharing Your World! Such lovely birds and a really good shot of them too! It is tough to leave a sure thing in a job, but sometimes the toxic environment (yeah, politically correct speak for having a nasty work place) makes it mandatory so we can carry on. I did it myself a time or two. Your mottos are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing them!

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