Harder to Do Than I Thought

What four words describe you? I’m the fox who came up with this idea, and it’s turning out to be hard for me to do. People change over time, but as of today here are four words that describe me.

Loyal is my first word. I guess I’m like an old dog. If you’re my friend or I’ve made some type of commitment to you I’ll be loyal. You don’t have to worry about that. It doesn’t matter if it’s convenient or not. I’ll be there for you no matter what.

My second word is acceptance. When I was much younger I had an idea of how life ought to be, and if someone didn’t live up to my expectations I was very disappointed in them. But now I don’t expect everyone to do life the way I do. I’m more accepting of behavior and beliefs that are different from mine. That doesn’t mean I approve of destructive behaviors, and sometimes I’ll express that view. However, I can still love a person who has disappointed me.

My third word is determined. If I set my mind on something I work diligently until I achieve my objective. Obstacles are no more than temporary roadblocks that i have to navigate around. There have been a few situations that I couldn’t conquer, but I’ve won more than I’ve lost.

My last word is really two words: family orientated. I feel very fortunate to have been blessed with two fine sons and three grandchildren. They all live nearby so I can see them often. One of my greatest joys in life is getting the family together for a meal or some other activity. I hope to be a continuing example for my family, especially my grandchildren. I cherish their love. I hope that one day when I’m gone they’ll remember me with fondness and remember the good things I’ve tried to teach them.

What about you? What are your four words?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Harder to Do Than I Thought

  1. Stacy McKitrick says:

    Loyal. I can be your friend for life if you feel the same about me.
    Patient. Not 100% of the time, but 95%. Things happen when they happen and getting upset won’t speed things up.
    Competitive. If I set up goals for myself, I’m lucky if I get them done, but set them with other people, then I work hard to be the best.
    Quiet. I’m not big on talking. Writing is my thing.

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    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      Those are great qualities for anyone to have. I’m on the quiet side too. I sometimes wonder where the words are coming from when I write.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Loyalty is a valuable commodity and I’m not at all surprised that this term heads up your list.
    I still don’t know which words will appear on my Hound Day post, but your topic surely has caused me to study myself.

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  3. You have many fine qualities, Elaine. This week’s topic has been a hard one, though! It’s making me expose myself more than I would have, but here we go on Friday.
    “Family-oriented” is a quality embedded in me. I think it’s one of the better ones anyone can have.


  4. Those are great words for you. This was such a difficult topic.


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