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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Irritated (11/08/12)

TITLE: Irritating Delight
By Linda Gage
11/14/12


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Irritating Delight
Screeeech; the buzz of the alarm sounded, and itís still dark outside!
How annoying is that?
Yet, I have a job that I can go to today.
It appeased my soul.

Clank and rattle goes this pile of junk slowly down the road.
How exasperating is that?
Yet, I am able to get to work on time today.
It pacified my soul.

On and on goes the office gossip asking my opinion about the sleazy new guy.
How harassing is that?
Yet, I dodge the question and comment on the beautiful weather today.
It satisfied my soul.

Begging, slobbering and reaching for another hand-out is the same beggar on the street.
How disturbing is that?
Yet, I really do have spare change from my lunch to give today.
It quieted my soul.

Uninviting and bland are the same beans and rice for dinner tonight.
How disheartening is that?
Yet, I do have food to eat today!
It gratified my soul.

Aching and painful is my shoulder, my knee and my overworked back.
How troubling is that?
Yet, I made it through and I now can relax for the day.
It reassured my soul.

I toss, I turn, I think, I toss, I turn; no sleep.
How frustrating is that?
Yet, I consider my job, my home, my food and my health today.
It blessed my soul.

With a smile I thanked God again for an irritating yet delightful day.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/18/12
This is a fantastic piece. You tackled the topic in an inventive and fun way while still delivering a powerful message. I can't imagine one reader who wouldn't be able to relate to this piece. Though a slight blush washes over my cheeks, I feel like I was reminded of the blessings I have and you did it in an artful way--not preachy but lovingly. Splendid bit of writing.
Sunny Loomis 11/22/12
This was fun to read. Good job! Thank you.
Darleen Coon11/22/12
What a great way to point out the many blessings we have despite the irritating things going on around us.

I hope you don't mind, but I think I will print this out and post it by my computer at work.

Great article! You have truly blessed me today!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/23/12
Congratulations for placing 1st in your level and 17th overall!
Bea Edwards 11/24/12
Congratulations on your winning level entry. I thoroughly enjoyed your method of contrasting each complaint with gratitude. Brilliant and something I will try to remember!