#SoCS & #JusJoJan 2022 Daily Prompt – Jan. 1

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “resolve.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!


Yesterday my husband and I went to the Regional Transport Office to apply for the renewal of our driving licence. Earlier we were in the office of the driving school to collect some documents. We remembered that we were among the first students of the school some time in the early 1990s. I got my licence but was too scared to drive.  I remember once I applied the accelerator instead of the brake when a dog suddenly decided to cross the road!! That really scared me. Once a truck stopped in front of me and I just could not start the vehicle. I got down and asked my husband to drive. I did not drive for many years in spite of having a licence.

Aravind joined German classes when he was in high school. The classes were in a nearby college. My husband was busy. Then I gathered courage and resolved to overcome my fears and drive. I did not want to learn again in the car of the driving school because it has the clutch and brake on the instructor’s side. We asked a driver whom we knew for many years if he would come with me in our car. He agreed and I learnt to drive again and lost my fears. After ten days I started driving by myself and enjoyed it. I prefer to drive inside our town because I feel it is more challenging. On the highway, we drive at a steady pace and I do not enjoy it much. Since last year I have not driven much. And I don’t want to drive for the sake of driving because petrol prices have gone up a lot.

In the month of December, I read about people taking new year resolutions but I have not taken them for a long, long time. I remember long back I had resolved to do some things which I had not done earlier but in the daily routine of everyday life I forgot about them after some days. So, I usually take each day as it comes. We have to plan a little, but cannot be too rigid about it. Life always surprises.  In January 2020 we went to Amritsar and McLeodGanj for a vacation. We had a wonderful time, never imagining that life would change so much in the coming months.  Last year was not good for countless people. The second wave happened, so many lives were lost. The monsoon season started in June but the rains did not stop till December causing great destruction of crops. Everything seemed so dark but this quotation gives me strength, ‘There is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle.’

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. Happy new year to everyone.

    Darkness comes from ignorance which is the negation of knowledge. My request to all is to shine the light of knowledge in darkness at every opportunity.

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