SoCS: Oh, the Million Things!

Straining to feel spring

Restraining from vulgar sighing

Straining to find calm on the job

Restraining from deadline stress

Straining to finish a good book

Restraining from adding another to the list

Straining to people-connect

Restraining from silent solitude

Straining from the edible desires

Restraining with duct tape

Straining to attend the gym

Restraining from giving up the fight

Straining for daily gratitude

Restraining from divisive politics

Straining to find the written word

Restraining from not letting that go

Straining to reach a top shelf

Restraining from perfectionism

Straining to find time

Restraining from the million things

Seasons of strain eventually lead to seasons of peace

Embracing what can be done and what can be restrained for another time



Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook, ambling stream or running river. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. This week’s prompt is “strain.”  Use it as a word, or find a word with “strain”in it. As always, use any way you’d like.

36 responses to SoCS: Oh, the Million Things!

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is so good. It is a balancing act. So many things to do snd so many reasons to fight against the strain. I like the duct tape diet, I. Gould try that 🙂

    I hope you can find good things this weekend without straining.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan! Yeah, I could use the duct tape once in a while…especially with the sweet stuff.

      I’m hoping to get a grip on the straining soon. Maybe this weekend, or maybe by the time I retire! Ha! Have a wonderful weekend, Dan.

  2. Shelley says:

    Way to lead us through the strains of life. I hope the sun shines this weekend and you can get out on your bike to enjoy the day. I’m thinking about you, on this first Mother’s Day without your mom – that was a hard one for me. Hugs to you, Mary – xx

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The sun is out today and it feels warmer! Woohoo! I may not get on the bike today, but I have other plans and projects to keep me busy.

      Shelley, you are so kind to think of me this Mother’s Day. I plan to go to the greenhouse today and buy a beautiful begonia in her honor. I used to buy a large potted geranium for her every year on Mother’s Day when she and dad still lived independently. But no geraniums at my house with the cats….

      • Shelley says:

        Yay for the sun! I hope relaxing is on your to-do list too ;-)! Ah…a visit to the greenhouse is a wonderful idea. Begonias are so pretty. Your mom would be smiling. No geraniums here either. Happy Mother’s Day weekend to you – may you smile at many happy memories you shared together with your mom. xx

  3. Maggie says:

    You handled the prompt beautifully and your word resonated with me. Be gentle with yourself this weekend.

  4. JoAnna says:

    Great use of the prompt! I enjoyed the back and forth while reading it. Especially liked “Restraining from divisive politics.” It is possible to find common ground. But the duct tape could come in handy, too.

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    I hope you won’t strain to have a good weekend 🙂

    I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow with a KitKat and a little something-something to toast your mom 💕

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Well, Joanne, I am straining a bit cleaning out my bedroom closet (it’s a walk-in, lots of crap) and changing out winter clothes for summer clothes (I have faith).

      Thanks for celebrating mom with me. I don’t know if I’ll be having adult refreshment, but chocolate is certainly in order. Happy Mother’s Day to you, hope you have a wonderful day!

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Happy closet cleaning. I’m straining to clean the house. It’s been a week of roof replacement, all the insulation being sucked out of the attic and replaced with new insulation. As you can imagine, my house is a dusty mess right now!!

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Poor little guy spent 3 days in the basement, but he’s ok now. When the noise stopped and the workers left, he came out of hiding 🙂

  6. loisajay says:

    Mary–how very creative! I had to chuckle about duct tape. We have a joke at work when the supervisor will not (not!) shut her mouth. My coworkers IM me, ‘duct tape’ and it is all I can do to not laugh at loud.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I call that diarrhea of the mouth, Lois. There’s no cure other than duct tape or permanent laryngitis. In the meantime, keep up the humor because it’s the best way to beat that kind of annoyance.

  7. J-Dub says:

    This is so good with one minor exception. Never restrain from adding another book to the TBR queue. lol. Happy Saturday!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Not to worry, I’m positive the restraint of not adding another book will wither and die. For sure. 😏

  8. joey says:

    Mmhm. Deadlines, time, gym, do do do… You got it! Such a good, relatable piece!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Joey. It’s been a busy time, but all for a good cause. Looking forward to some free weekends coming up and time to relax. 🙂

  9. Oh, duct tape! That’s what I need! Thanks for the tip.
    I really liked the last line. I’ve just had to do that. It wasn’t easy. The whole piece was wonderful and so true of life. Always a balancing act.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I can’t imagine you need duct tape when you run a million miles every week to burn up whatever you eat. Or has the sweet tooth gotten the better of you?

      I embraced a good junk of what I wanted to do at home on Saturday, but still there’s more. It will have to wait until another weekend because I have better plans today. Yes, it’s about balancing and enjoying time for ourselves rather than worrying about what’s not done.

      • I’m not running at the moment but still want to eat chocolate so it may have to be duct tape.
        I’m glad you’ve given yourself something nice to do today. Thinking of you. ❤

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