Sunday Writing Prompt “Quotes”


To most people, he was a simple man. To those watching him as he progressed through life he didn’t appear to aspire to a lot, and if he did, he kept it to himself.

He wasn’t a man of exceptional talent nor foresight. He just went about doing what he did in the most competent way he knew.

He was one of those men you needed in your team to make up the numbers. His competency was what made him valuable.

I think it was because he wasn’t a stand out that he was able to formulate such inciteful thoughts. He wasn’t burdened by expectation.

He fitted into workplaces, his colleagues found him a man they could rely on, a man who achieved in his own unique way, a breath of fresh air, he was once told.

All that came from his experiences in the school of hard knocks. He learned some tough lessons as he went through life.

Love that went wrong taught him to distrust those who appeared to express some liking for him. He found he stayed out of harm’s way when he stuck to himself.

He thought it one of the miracles of life that he fathered children. Each child a mirror of himself and the older he got, the more he saw himself in the way they responded to life. In a way that flattered him but he was pleased as at least something of himself had rubbed off on them.

Old age bought with it wisdom and he wished he knew as a young man what he knew now. So much of life made sense, so much of life was there to be experienced, and often he knew there was little to no point worrying about it as it most likely was going to happen whether or not you thought it a good idea.

“The infernal regions” he mused as he wrote his response, those places where the past stuck up its ugly head and reminded him of the folly contained within them. But he thought I am who I am, without the past where would I be today.


Written for:

This entry was posted in Uncategorized, Writing prompt and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt “Quotes”

  1. This is very well-written Michael and an excellent portrait of a man, a man who knows himself and has come to terms with that self in a way that few of us ever achieve. In that way it can be said that this ordinary man is quite extraordinary.

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Yves, I found the quote a challenge so as one does I went where my thoughts took me.

      • I like the direction you took. I have just finished writing my response but it doesn’t go up until tomorrow. Mine took a different direction, I also found the quote challenging but intriguing nevertheless

  2. I truly loved this Michael. My sentiments of life exactly. The School of Hard Knocks is a better education than most.

  3. Piyali says:

    The character development in your story was so detailed and vivid. I love it!

  4. Sometimes inhibitions takes away pleasure to be experienced at that time. Very well crafted 🙂

    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

Please feel free to comment, I appreciate your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s