Understanding will always open the door to forgiveness

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Forty-five-year-old Pamela Hall had a lousy temper. Keeping a job was always a problem for her. Her friends would often tease, “Thank God you have no children, or you would be in jail every day.”

Running out of options, Pamela took a job as a babysitter to Madison Henson. A hyperactive two-year-old. Saturday morning Pamela’s cellphone rings. Glancing at it, recognizing the number, she said to herself, “I told her I don’t work on the weekend,” ignoring the call.

Hours later when she finished her chores, checking her phone, she notices that Mrs. Henson left a voicemail. Listening to it, she unconsciously eased back from the phone, because of the tone of her voice. …


All of us contribute to balancing life.

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Victor Malcolm and Jeff Lindsay were contractors in competition. Malcolm Construction would get more jobs than Lindsay Construction because their bids were always the lowest. As the years go by, Victor would spend his money as if it came from a well. While Jeff would handle his finances as if he was experiencing a drought.

Twenty-five years later.

“How did you get in here?” Molly Spence, Mr. Lindsay’s secretary demands, covering her nose as the foul odor emitting from the man facing her, circulates with the help of the air condition. “I told you for the past four days, Mr. …


What do you want to be buried with?

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Jackson Millburn was a multi-millionaire, but a miser to his family. He believed that everyone must work hard for what they want, the way he did. He would often brag about the sacrifices he made; how he almost starve to death; how he’d lived on the street for months; how he was spat on, and cursed, by passers-by. He swore vengeance on poverty because he believed that if he hadn’t been poor, he would have been treated better.

He made sure everyone he met knew his journey, his defeats, and his victories. Most people avoided him, and the ones who didn’t are his employees. Too busy creating wealth to get married and live, he became a hermit. …


Pirates swore that humans turned into birds.

Spiritual Tree Weekly Prompt ‘Birds’

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

The Isles of Bird, a.k.a. ‘The Peace Isles,’ a small island in the Mediterranean, was the only Island black doves inhabit. Legend says, that more than five hundred years ago, the 2,100 square miles island was attacked by pirates, from land and sea. Hundreds of birds of different colors and species led by a large black dove attack the pirates. The pirates who escaped swore that humans turned into birds and attacked them, defending their island. When word spread, the island was feared and avoided by pirates and others ever since.

A population of more than fifteen hundred people and about five hundred different species of birds inhabit it today. The people live in harmony with the birds. They believe that the birds give back to the island through serenades every morning. Others coo or sing at a specific time in the morning like an alarm clock. …


What do you see from the middle?

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Investment Manager Peter Samuel solicits, “I am telling you our firm can guide you to the top. We can help you to put your business on the stock market that will increase its value. Your stocks will generate millions in new revenues.”

“But I am already making millions,” Steven Philibert said.

“Look,” Peter suggests, “right now your company is sitting in the middle, and with our help, you can go to the top.”

“You have forgotten that I am known as the ‘Middleman.’ Why do you think I am called that?”

“You love being in the middle?” …


What do you see when you look at me?

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Anthony Adams was a welder/artist/designer by trade. He designs, crafts, and makes elaborate works of art for windows and doors from metal. He also makes gates. His customers were happy with his work as it increases the value of their property. He was always in high demand.

“You need to wear the damn helmet!” Karen, his wife of more than ten years commands, as she hands him painkillers, again. “If you refused to protect your sight, you are going to lose it and me along with it.”

She bought him many welding helmets over the years. He would promise to use them and leave them inside the shop. The last helmet she bought him was an Auto Darkening Welding Helmet. It was the best in protecting his eyes from flash burn and hot metal sparks to his head. Their relationship has become strained over the years because of her constant pressure on the importance of protecting his eyes. …


You will pay twice if you don’t do the right thing.

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

When you give Kindness
But receive cruelty in return
As our world rage and everything seems to be going in reverse
Do the Right Thing!

When Love is your game
But hatred, prejudice, and injustice score the goal
And you witness the destruction as it unfolds
Do the Right Thing!

When Peace is your priority
But war, death, suffering, and pain unite with the majority
Disregarding the rules of law and those in authority
Do the Right Thing!

When Honesty becomes your job
While those in power are leading and inciting the mob
Unaware that greed and power can explode like a time bomb
Harming everyone, even the innocent, because greed doesn’t give a damn
Who you are or where you come from
Do the Right Thing! …


What is Curiosity to you?

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Watching my two-year-old grand-daughter so my daughter, a Pediatric nurse can work, I find her curiosity about our world fascinating. Her awareness is amazing. Everywhere she goes she uses her eyes as the lens of a camera, seeing, grasping, touching, feeling, and sometimes tasting everything, she sees. Everywhere she goes she asks questions.

I took her out and she scans her surrounding, looking at the bare trees, then asks, “Where are the leaves?” It’s winter, but she doesn’t know that. She wants to know where the sun is. He came out yesterday, so where is he today? Why is the doggie barking? Can’t he talk? …


A poem on the power of the truth.

Spiritual Tree Weekly Prompt ‘Truth’.

Image for post
Image for post
A heart that speaks the Truth. Image by Annelise Lords

When our eyes see the wrongs
And we look without action
Convincing ourselves this isn’t our fight, it’s merely a distraction
The heart knows the truth

When our ears listen to lies
And we refuse to heed the words of the wise
Instead, we compromise
The heart knows the truth

When we use our tongues as weapons of destruction
Adding chaos to a world already in destitution
Instead of uniting with love and affection
The heart knows the truth

When our actions condone prejudice and injustice
As we proceed without humanity
Helping to create a world plagued with insanity
The heart knows the…


Water and Wisdom

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Annelise Lords

Anthony Blacksmith was a very successful and well-liked businessman who own several Communication companies. His first step on the ladder to success took him where he wanted to go, and for the next thirty years, kept him there.

He avoids the media and interviews. The less he exposed, the more the business world wants to know about him and his ability to stay at the top, and still managed to maintain his reputation of honesty and integrity. Various media houses, government agencies, and other inquiring minds spent thousands of dollars and time investigating his business policies, practices, and the reason for his ‘staying power.’ Exhausted, when all of their efforts bear no fruit, they gave up. …

About

Annelise Lords

A writer of Fiction and Uplifting Quotes &Antidotes. Get your upliftment, inspiration, and smiles here! thisisanneliselords@mediumauthor.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store