Why Does This Always Seem to Happen to Me? — Writers’ & Artists’ Story Prompts

Positive Attitude Note Shows Optimism Or Belief

This week we are focusing on “habitual Better Endings”. Think about it. Do you know of someone (If it’s you, grand!) who always seems to come out on the light side of things, who habitually manifests  success? What do they do (or, you) to establish Better Endings? Is it persistence? “Grit”? Positive affirmations? Or is it simply that they always EXPECT for things to work out for the best, and then they usually do (or, if not, they have learned how to accommodate the results)?

Snail Shell

Conversely, do you know anyone (again, it could be you) who just seems to magnetize drama, trauma or disaster into their world? How do they do that? For them, what new habits might we recommend for them to try, to break through a sense of inevitability of misfortune occurring in their lives?


Have you ever known someone (it could still be you) who has turned this around; someone who maybe used to attract misfortune habitually but who now seems to have obtained a “Midas touch” of success and positivity, instead? What did they do to transform their approach that we can all learn from?

Instead of our usual weekly “writer’s/artist’s prompts list”, this week I invite you to ponder the above three scenarios with regard to our topic of “habitual Better Endings”.


I invite, welcome and encourage all responses and I will publish your stories or creative expressions.

Better Endings to You!

Habitual Better Endings


This week’s topic at Better Endings is HABITS. Let’s start with a definition:

  1. hab·it


noun: habit; plural noun: habits

  1. 1.

a settled or regular tendency or practice, esp. one that is hard to give up.

“this can develop into a bad habit

synonyms: custom, practice, routine, wont, pattern, convention, way, norm, tradition, matter of course, rule, usage More”it was his habit to go for a run every morning”mannerism, way, quirk, foible, trick, trait, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, singularity, oddity, eccentricity, feature;

tendency, propensity, inclination, bent, proclivity, disposition, predisposition

“her many irritating habits”

Of themselves, habits are neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. They are simply HABITS… physical, emotional, mental or spiritual GROOVES, schemas, mindsets, routines, or patterns. Walking is a good habit, as is talking, or driving safely; these are habituated, unconsciously organized motor and cognitive skills that we learn from others who serve as role models. Other habits, like over-eating habits, daily coffee or sweets, or especially the habitual use of addictive substances such as alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, begin as choices sometimes also learned from role models. These may become harmful to our health and they are difficult habits to change, although it may be advantageous for us to do so.

A Plate Of Chocolate Brownies And A Cup Of Coffee

So, what are Better Endings about in relation to personal habits? Can we create a habit of manifesting Better Endings? What would such a ‘habit’ look like? That is the tack I would like for us to take this week as we explore this topic of HABIT.  Some initial suggestions that come to mind in relation to how we might create a habit of Better Endings are: meditation/contemplation or prayer, positive affirmations, walking, brainstorming (divergent thinking ‘outside the box’), simple dieting, and smiling.


I invite your ideas, insights, and stories!