Using 100 words or less and the prompt: “The early November sunshine cast golden rays…” from week twenty-eight of Saturday Centus, I was inspired to write the following:

The early November sunshine cast golden rays on the Bishop homestead. Ma Bishop stood in the backyard surrounded by three vehicles in various states of disrepair, a rusted old tractor-still standing where it breathed it’s last, a pile of discarded tires, some weathered lawn furniture, salvaged building materials, two bathtubs, and a kitchen sink.

But all Ma saw was the red and yellow falling maple leaves, the deep reds dancing on the dogwood, and the orange and the yellow adorned sugar maples. Ma had long ago stopped seeing the ugliness that defined her life, focusing instead on the beauty that declared the Glory of God.

18 responses to “Focused

  1. that is wonderful! focus on the beauty! turn your face to the sunshine! God can even make junk look pretty…

  2. Poor Ma Bishop. I think it’s a wonderous thing to look at ugly and see beauty. Just lovely! Very descriptive. Excellent use of the prompt!~Ames

  3. Hmmm–I think you know me.

  4. We do need to focus on the positive……

    echoeing parenthesis

  5. Nicely done. We all need a reminder about finding the positive out of all that is bad. Thank you.

  6. A beautiful piece reminding of to look at our world properly. Thank you!

  7. That is beautiful! What a wonderful saturday centus. 🙂

  8. Beautiful text about looking on the bright side of life. Like how you constrasted the ugliness of all the old vehicles to her own view of the beauty in the change in season. Well done.
    Ma Bishop would say that the water-glass is half-full!

    Best wishes,
    Anna’s SC wk 28

  9. Awesome! Hope, perspective and inspiration all in one!

  10. Wonderful … and as it should be … I loved it, beautifully written :o)

  11. This lifted my spirits – a lovely thought for the day! We can choose what to focus on, and should not forget we have that power. Thanks 🙂

  12. This was a beautiful use of the prompt. There is beauty all around us, if we will only stop and look for it. I love the picture you painted of Ma Bishop’s world. Very nicely done! Kat

  13. Wonderfully written. We all could take a lesson from Ma Bishop.

  14. Your Centus is written with craft as well as meaning. Enjoyed it!

  15. What a wonderful motivational piece. We should all focus a bit more on the positive.

    Mine is here.

  16. This piece is rich with meaning and is very visual as well. I could see the objects in the back yard, but I was also inside Ma’s head as she was able to tune into the beauty around her.


  17. Oh, I love this post!

    I can see this so clearly in my mind. The look on her face…the fading glory around her.

    What an eloquent and lovely link.

    Such a strong message wrapped so beautifully in it’s intricated patterned paper of carefully crafted words.

    Thank you.

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