365 Writing Prompts: Shape up or ship out

Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

Dear Lazy-bones,

We all have a tendency to be lazy at times, some of us realize soon enough this is a  trait which stands in the way of our success. So we shove our laziness and get down to business.

The reason I’m writing this to you is I get the feeling you are quite comfortable doing nothing to help yourself. Let me break it to you, do not expect to get help if you do not help yourself. Keep in mind this world of ours will only support people who are hardworking and are interested to do something with their life.

My advice to you is, you have wasted enough time lazing around, now it’s time for you to shape up or ship out, your needs can only be taken care of by you, if you sit in front of the TV hoping some genie will appear and produce everything you want. Let me tell you this only happens in fairy tales.You are living in a real world where if you sit around hoping for someone to take pity on you and look after you. It will never happen. Smarten up and learn to be useful in the society you live in.

This is my last letter to you. I am sick of reminding you to do something with your life. If you don’t , no one will come running to help you. Be prepared to watch everyone turn their back on you. It’s up to you to help yourself.

Your well wisher

……………………………………….. ­čÖé

 

Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Trading Places

I cannot recall ever wondering, what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day. I grew up with several brothers. I was not very thrilled to watch, how each one behaved. I thought to them it’s me first and forget about the rest.Then the time came when my eldest brother ┬átied the knot. It was dreadful ,he gave us the impression it was he and his better half and the rest of them can get lost. It was so unbearable,my eldest sister made me aware of the famous words,”A son is a son,till he gets a wife; a daughter is a daughter all her life”.

It is interesting to note that now I am given a chance to trade places. Life certainly will not be a ‘Bed of Roses’,I think. I’ll assume ┬áto be the the eldest in the family. There will be constant nagging from the wife,complaining about the sisters,younger brothers and the mother-in-law. My mother is making her cook and do the dishes.My sisters do their own thing and ignores the wife. Mom is always reminding me of my responsibilities towards the family,because I am the eldest. I have to be more sympathetic towards ┬áthe spouse or she will make my life miserable. So if she complains about the sisters,immediately I’ll have to take them to task,to keep the wife happy.If she refuses to cook,I’ll have to volunteer to cook,to make her happy. Mom in the meantime will be watching, how I am doing as a son,brother,and a husband. I am not doing a good job.I am only trying to be nice to the spouse and in doing so I have made others angry.

By trading places I can visualize how difficult it is to maintain peace and tranquility in my domestic life. Just by writing this I have learned how difficult the life of a male member is. ‘Hey I am elated I do not have to deal with it daily.So dear brother I don’t want to be in your shoes.’