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Sunday Writing Prompt, June 6/2021 – Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys

Welcome back to, Sunday Writing Prompt!

Have you ever been in the middle of a scuffle or argument that you should NOT have been involved in? Have you had trouble removing yourself from a negative situation because you felt required to step in, for guidance, opinions, support, but all it did was drag you into the depths of their despair?

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I’m sure most, if not all of you have been there at one time or another, helping a friend or family member, while sacrificing your own sanity in the process.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very selfless act. But, is the personal turmoil, stress, the sleepless nights worth it when it really had nothing to do with you in the first place?!

“Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys”, is a phrase I’ve personally repeated whenever I felt thrust into other’s squabbles, and is today’s Sunday Writing Prompt 🙂

Don’t feel you have to write an accurate account of your life. Submissions of all sorts are welcome, whether fact or fiction.

The Rules:

  • The style is completely open; poetry, prose, even a single sentence…Go where the prompt takes YOU!
  • Keep your submission to 500 words or less.
  • Post it on your page, and TAG it Sunday Writing PromptSWPMLMMMindlovemisery’s MenagerieAnd be sure to leave a link or pingback in the comment section below.
  • Feel free to use my photo for inspiration, or as your own cover image.
  • Please have your submissions in by the END OF EACH FRIDAY (Pacific Standard Time). Every Saturday, I will post a “standout” piece in a post entitled, SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT. Bear in mind, it will be based on my personal opinion. If you are not chosen, that does NOT mean your piece was not superb.
  • Be creative and HAVE FUN!

Please, take a moment and visit last week’s selection for the Saturday Spotlight series, Maggie, https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2021/05/30/sunday-writing-prompt-may-30-2021-shape-shifter/

HAPPY WRITING, EVERYONE!!

25 comments on “Sunday Writing Prompt, June 6/2021 – Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys

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  3. Fandango
    June 7, 2021

    Here’s my political take:

    Sunday Writing Prompt — Not My Circus

    • relaxitsallwrite
      June 8, 2021

      Thank you for sharing a piece of your life 🙂

      • pensitivity101
        June 8, 2021

        you’re welcome.
        Sadly the lady in question died in 2013, but it seems they were married for over 30 years

      • relaxitsallwrite
        June 8, 2021

        That’s wonderful 🙂 I’m sure she appreciated you very much

      • pensitivity101
        June 8, 2021

        I was always made welcome when I visited. She was a nice lady IMO.

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  5. Melanie B Cee
    June 7, 2021

    Here’s my contribution: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/06/07/sunday-prompt-2-late-but-not-forgotten/

    I thought it was late, but on reading the rules, I see that I had until Friday to hoist this. I actually kept it to 500 words (the essay itself), so I’m a bit proud of that! Good topic!!

    • relaxitsallwrite
      June 8, 2021

      Cute change to elephants, and adorable photo. And wow, what drama!! Mental illness does have a way of dividing a family. I have experienced this first hand. Good for you to be the one to confront instead of contributing to the whispers. I’m sure you didn’t get the reaction you expected, or maybe you did, but I’m sure it spoke volumes. Thanks for your contribution, Melanie! Happy I managed to conjure something to light that spark 🙂

  6. Stephanie Colpron
    June 8, 2021

    I’m just passing by to say that I’m amazed at how much you are all willing to share about your personal lives and family experiences. I guess for me it goes back to the prompt on “Speak now or forever hold your peace” 😉 .
    It seems to me all families are dysfunctional even if one thinks theirs are the exception (I did for a long time) so…

    • relaxitsallwrite
      June 8, 2021

      Social media has played a big part in making people feel “alone”, like they are the only ones who struggle. They see beautiful family photos, kind sentiments, and celebration. But no one posts the “real” stuff…the dark side…the struggles. Picture perfect is how everyone wants to appear, myself included. Every person, every family struggles in one way or another. No one is actually alone, no one is really the exception. Some just prefer to appear like they are xo

      • Stephanie Colpron
        June 8, 2021

        I just don’t get it; just like reality TV. There’s nothing real about it. It’s cheap TV to make and it actually numbs the minds of the viewers for the most part (some people do watch it to disconnect their brain I imagine)…
        It seems mind blowing to me that people would spill their lives over social media, even a rose tinted version of it. We live in a world of voyeurs. I don’t know I don’t necessarily want the entire world to know my life. And I do realize the irony considering my husband works in social media marketing 😜. I’ve helped him with it sometimes but, as he says from time to time, I’m the worst to work with. Because I can’t fake it.
        Now I will not show fake happy, perfect but I also don’t really want to show my dark moments. I’m too private for that. Heck I barely speak of those with my – less than perfect – family and friends (which I don’t have many; introvert person 😂😂). In many ways for me there’s absolutely nothing less social than social media; it’s just allowed people to say whatever they think without filter and to create a fantasy life the same way RPG do, except it’s insidious because it’s their lives and then they forget where reality stops and the fantasy begins. Which is really dangerous on so many levels.
        Sorry for the rant; I guess I really miss adult conversations 😂😂.

      • relaxitsallwrite
        June 9, 2021

        You might just be my soul-mate, Stephanie 🙂 I have a 1 and 3 year old…adult conversations are a rarity. I hang my head in shame to say I actually love Reality TV. I view them like modern soap-operas. Very scripted…with hints of reality. They are my guilty pleasure, and I don’t take them too seriously. Just a way to “disconnect” 🙂 Social media is absolutely dangerous. People hiding behind their screen, saying the most terrible things they would likely never say to someone’s face. And, they don’t have to know the consequences!! That’s the worst part. Zero accountability when someone’s self-worth, confidence, pride, reason for being is tampered with. It make me absolutely sick. I don’t engage in online drama and never will. Rant on, Stephanie. Your voice is welcomed here 🙂

      • Stephanie Colpron
        June 9, 2021

        Sounds like your boys are each about 6 months younger than mine ;-).
        I guess the crucial element here is you don’t take them too seriously, but as a way to disconnect. Where it baffles me is when people do take it seriously; I’ve heard so many times now young ones saying they want to be famous when they grow up 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ like this or this person from some reality TV show…
        As far as social media goes… well I don’t think I would have survived middle school if it had existed at the time. It’s mind-blowing to me that all governments are talking about tackling bullying and yet doing nothing about social media. Because really it has enabled bullies. As you said they can write the most horrible things and there’s no accountability. I recall that young lady (in Canada actually) who committed suicide because of social media bullying and no one was made accountable. Pretty sure that driving someone to kill themselves is a punishable offence.
        People now will not attack an argument, they will go personal… even on LinkedIn (which to me is just incomprehensible since it’s supposed to be a professional social media). I’ve tried to engage in conversations once in a while but I disengage as soon as people start attacking others personally.
        I find it deeply disturbing that social media has allowed a discourse of violence to seep through society in such a way that it is now the norm. Then again it seems kind of weird that violence is perfectly ok in movies – even as highly entertaining and popular as superhero movies are – yet a woman’s breast causes an uproar: Puritan morality incoherence?

  7. relaxitsallwrite
    June 8, 2021

    You might just be my soul-mate, Stephanie 🙂 I have a 1 and 3 year old…adult conversations are a rarity. I hang my head in shame to say I actually love Reality TV. I view them like modern soap-operas. Very scripted…with hints of reality. They are my guilty pleasure, and I don’t take them too seriously. Just a way to “disconnect” 🙂 Social media is absolutely dangerous. People hiding behind their screen, saying the most terrible things they would likely never say to someone’s face. And, they don’t have to know the consequences!! That’s the worst part. Zero accountability when someone’s self-worth, confidence, pride, reason for being is tampered with. It make me absolutely sick. I don’t engage in online drama and never will. Rant on, Stephanie. Your voice is welcomed here 🙂

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  9. Stephanie Colpron
    June 9, 2021

    Took me a few days but here’s mine

    Family Gathering

    • relaxitsallwrite
      June 10, 2021

      The cut-off is Friday, so you’re all good 🙂 Very much enjoyed your unique take on the prompt, Stephanie!

      • Stephanie Colpron
        June 10, 2021

        There were so many ways to go. I started with a stream of consciousness. That way I don’t overthink it; then I edited the heck out of it to bring it to 500 words 😂😂😂

      • relaxitsallwrite
        June 11, 2021

        Great job!

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  11. mrmacrum
    June 12, 2021

    Thought I posted it yesterday. Anyway, If this is a repost, I apologize.

    A Gun to His Earhttps://lostinthebozone.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-gun-in-his-ear.html

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