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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: Well or not so well off
By Margaret Watson
05/11/06


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Define well off.My dictionary defines a properous person as well off, thriving, successful. In many people's eyes I am none of these. Mrs Average Achiever.I was at school with two rock millionaires - both instantly recognisable faces, one of which seems to be on our televisons almost every day, and if I were in the U.S.A. the same would be true of the other. They can measure their success in millions. One at least has an apparantly happy marriage - though all his children have been in therapy and his body is so damaged by years of abuse that his speech is often blurred. The other is so concerned with his privacy that I
don't even know if he has ever had a child or been married. Is that
success?
At the moment I am awaitng further tests for possible ovarian
cancer, but I do have a happy marriage and two daughters growing up with a real faith in our Saviour. In a few weeks time we are off to France
to support the church there in a small town in Brittany - God still
has a purpuse for me and in the garden today three different geraniums
came into flower, a blue tit flew down and butterflies danced.I am
truly prosperous, whatever comes next.
I could conclude with a Bible verse, but which would I choose
- how about Ist Chronicles 29 and 12 'Both riches and honour come of
thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thy hand is power and might;
and in thy hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all'KJV


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Jan Ackerson 05/18/06
I enjoyed reading the contrasts between your life and that of the celebrities; a genuine serenity comes through in your writing. Consider leaving off the "word study" in the first few sentences and just starting with your story--it's a far more compelling "hook". Loved the birds and butterflies--like I said, very peaceful.
Delores Baber05/18/06
Sometimes the dictionary is not on target when it comes to the meaning of certain words in one's life. You gave a totally different meaning and it was far more profound than the typical understanding of the word. A secular dictionary can not cast the true riches that surround us every day.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/21/06
This was a compelling comparison between the worldly success and real success. Watch your spelling and and punctuation. When you submit your writing preview it so that you can get the layout more eye appealing and less difficult to read. Otherwise it is a good read.
darlene hight05/25/06
Working through a very difficult diagnosis like "Ovarian Cancer" will likely bring out a barrage of conflicting emotions but it could possibly bring a sense of peace, perspective and a shared experience to another who is fighting a similar battle. Consider a rewrite of this piece to improve readability being careful not to purge the sincere emotion that comes through and add to it in a journal format. Not only will this give you a place to go with the feelings that you are experiencing but it could be a lifeline of hope to someone else. Thanks for sharing this.