There's a virus going around...

t's called a game of tag. I thought, what the heck, I'll play along. I was tagged by Joy Page Manuel at CATHARSIS.

Here are the rules:

  1. Post the rules
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for the post
  3. Create 11 new questions to ask the people you've tagged (or use the existing ones)
  4. Tag people with a link to your post and let them know they've been tagged.

Ya'll know, I'm only going to do the first two, right?

Here goes:

What is the thing that makes you want to get out of bed each day?

Coffee. next

What do you tell yourself to get through painful, difficult, or challenging times?

This is just a moment in time. It is not going to last forever.

What can you look back on and remind yourself you were successful at, or were strong enough to come through?

I thought of one but I don't feel like crying. next

Look around you at this moment and choose one thing to smile about or be thankful for. What is it?

A few minutes of quiet time.

If you could do anything at this moment to make yourself happy, what would it be?

Win just enough of the three hundred whatever million dollar jackpo to pay off my student loans. 

Do you have a special place, real or imagined, where you go to in your mind or reality to regroup, seek peace, or just be?

Under a huge oak tree, between the mountains and the sea. Real or imagined? I wrote about it here.

Has there been a particular book that you have read that inspired or motivated you to seek your potential?

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown and Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant were very inspiring. On March 3, 2011, I mentioned the books here.

What childhood fable, fairytale, or movie stretched your imagination and sticks with you today?

I can't think of an answer for that particular question. But my favorite childhood movie is The Rescuers. I have it on dvd now, and I'll still watch it.

What is your favorite form of art and artist (anyone and anything you consider art qualifies)?

I love music and poetry. I also love photography in the form of art. <==Check out those links.

Do you have a personal anthem, a song, that reminds you of who you are and want to be, that represents the ideal of you? 

Well I love music so that is a hard one to answer. I can't think of an answer for that question, but the first song that popped in my head is My Favorite Things. It has been performed by many great artists. I remember going on an elementary school field trip to see Ella Fitzgerald sing. I think I was the only one who really enjoyed it and knew the song when she sang My Favorite Things.

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad....

What did you experience while answering these questions?

Some memories that made me feel happy. Some that made me feel sad. I realize I am still in a funky mood from yesterday.

Kenya G. Johnson

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