LOVE/HATE Challenge

I’ve been nominated to complete this challenge by several of you and after some convincing from my daughter, I’ve decided to give it a go. Instead of nominating 10 more bloggers, I would like to ask you all to post your favorite things in the comments so I can get to know you better.

I want to take this moment to thank all of you again for your very kind and encouraging comments. I have truly enjoyed reading your blogs and getting to know you better. Thank you for being a part of my journey.

Here it goes…

Love:

  1. Writing and recording music
  2. Biking
  3. Photography
  4. Nature – in all it’s glory and mystery
  5. Family and friends
  6. Reading great books, poetry, stories
  7. Creative music – artists and performers
  8. Teaching and helping others
  9. Science, education, discovery and truth
  10. Finding solutions to difficult problems.

Hate:

  • Wasting natural resources
  • Thinking that money makes you special
  • Personal and corporate greed
  • Things that should, but do not work
  • Violence
  • Thieves, scammers and swindlers
  • Demanding people
  • Bigots
  • Liars
  • Corporate and government politics
Comments
  1. Your list is my list.

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  2. sumyanna says:

    Love:
    Writing, art, nature, photography, hiking, biking, reading, teaching, learning

    Hate:
    Hypocrisy, inequality, unfairness, division, hate, that others should ever feel lonely, poor, sadness, or oppression,

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    • midimike says:

      This is a great list. Expressive and sure. I could not agree with you more. Did we know each other in a past life? LOL! Thank you for the list.

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      • sumyanna says:

        Too funny. I don’t think so, but it’s always good to see there are others who feel like I do. I am impressed by everyone’s answers – it’s good to know you’re out there!

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      • midimike says:

        I was impressed as well. Some very well thought out and others truly expressive. We went for simple and concise, yet confident. …..takes one to know one? Thanks again, this has been fun!

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  3. Well done!

    Love:
    Family and friends, writing (words), composing (music), playing (piano), Scarlatti’s sonatas (latest fad), photography, gardening, contemplating the world about me, cooking, Christmas!

    Hate:
    I try not to hate anything, except for that bastard, the ******* headmaster who sacked me because I was better than him and he felt threatened obviously. I’ve tried to forgive him in my heart but he’s a… (I don’t know if you allow such descriptive words on your blog)… anyway apart from that smarmy guy I don’t hate nothing.

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    • midimike says:

      Ha! I try to keep my ‘hate list’ to a minimum as well. It has limited value and can cause a lot of unwanted side effects. Having a single target may be the key! Good to hear from you.

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  4. Congrats on such a cool challenge! I’m glad your daughter was able to talk you into it- I learned some cool things about you! 🙂

    Love
    1. My family & friends (the little that I have)
    2. Reading books/graphic novels/anything with words
    3. Artistic expression- writing, painting, music, sketching etc..
    4. Cooking- mostly when I don’t have to, but feel the urge
    5. Traveling to new places
    6. Genuine kindness
    7. Hockey!! Both playing and watching!
    8. Up-cycling. Its the coolest way to keep the planet healthy and be crafty.
    9. Laughing
    10. Honesty
    Hate
    1. Violence
    2. Greed
    3. Liars and con-men
    4. Prejudice/stereotypes
    5. Bugs- not so much hate, more scared to death of
    6. Pennies- the smell, the feel..I’m so glad they’re no longer used lol
    7. Intolerance
    8. Dangerous uncontrollable situations/Disasters
    9. The importance of money
    10. Popcorn kernels!!!!

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    • midimike says:

      I am still laughing. This is a precious response. Thank you very much for giving me a great snapshot of your thoughts. I see now where I missed a few opportunities on my list. Very cool, much appreciated.

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  5. Tikeetha T says:

    Love:

    1. God
    2. Being a mommy
    3. Writing
    4. Love
    5. Family
    6. Friendship
    7. Sunny Days
    8. Rainy Days
    9. The color blue
    10. Freedom

    Hate:

    1. Dishonest people
    2. Manipulative people
    3. Poverty
    4. Homelessness
    5. Racism
    6. Prejudice
    7. Gnats
    8. Bees/wasps/yellow jackets
    9. Wasting money
    10. Opportunities not taken.

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    • midimike says:

      I love the reference to sunny days AND rainy days. I could not have said that and a few others on your list any better. And I guess a lot of people don’t like wasps or bees!! So let me take this opportunity to thank you for your comments and your time.

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  6. Zara says:

    Likes: Music, honesty, kindness
    Dislikes: Wasps, lies, cruelty

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  7. I love challange and tags.
    They’re fun and best way to get to know others better.
    My list, so, the things I love are Laughing, making others laugh, deep meaningful actual conversation, comfortable silence with the one I love, the smell of rain drops on dry land, nature, photography, music that talks to me, art, poetry.

    Things i Hate are when you get that awful feeling when you hate something, physical or emotional abusive behaviour towards any person, discrimination, dirty politics, feeling scared, addictions (not the addicts), bad hair days, fact that pizza and burgers and big fat steak basically all the yummy food is not healthy. That’s it. Can’t find anything else that I hate.

    Oh and It was a nice list. Thank your daughter for convincing you to write this. 😊

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    • midimike says:

      Indeed. While I do not do challenges very often this one seemed to have a good purpose. I thought is was worth doing for the reasons you mentioned. Not only are the responses different but so is the way the people would answer each question. You and others have also hit on a number of responses I wish I had made!! This has actually been fun….. thank you very much for your comments. Will do!

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  8. Love:
    1. Capturing really special moments with my camera
    2. The woods
    3. Bodies of water
    4. Finding a book that I can’t put down
    5. Listening to my son practice guitar in the other room
    6. 5am when the birds have just started singing
    7. That indescribable flavor when you have cooked something just perfect.
    8. Putting my toes in the sand
    9. The rush of doing things without overthinking them first (doesnt happen very often anymore!)
    10. Feeling that I have made someone’s day

    Hate:
    1. Fighting
    2. Cancer
    3. Menopause (truly, it sucks)
    4. Feeling useless
    5. Dog poop (I have four dogs, there’s a lot of it!)
    6. My fears and things that hold me back
    7. Seeing my kids suffer in any way.
    8. Waste…. especially urban sprawl, ugh.
    9. LOUD people on the nature path… what you want to say really isn’t THAT important, is it? Stop to listen while, it might do you some good!! Ive never said this, but I have sure wanted to!!
    10. Politics

    Wow, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be!!
    Fun to think about though!

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    • midimike says:

      Laura, I have been really impressed with the amount of thought and openness throughout these posts. You are ahead of the game. I thought it was difficult as well but thought I summed up a number of things. Your list makes me rethink that!!! Both your lists are creative and visual. I know where you are coming from a little more just from your list. Thank you!

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  9. Love:
    -Jesus
    -Sacrifice
    -Helping others
    -Being a human
    -Writing
    -poetry
    -Music
    -compromise
    -Freedom
    -Rainy Day

    Hate:
    -Violence
    -bullying
    -racism
    -greed
    -Lies
    -Hypocrites
    – Wasting time
    -using people
    -Cruelty
    -War

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    • midimike says:

      Very good for a ‘Refugee of Love’ ! The ones you hate are very focused. Think what the world would be if everyone hated those traits and refused to act that way. Very thoughtful, thank you ever so much.

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  10. InsaneRoots says:

    I love it, what a fun idea!
    Love:
    1. Spending time with Friends and family
    2. Writing and crafting
    3. Photography
    4. Anything feline (they call me the cat whisperer!)
    5. Finding hope and inspiration in the darkest of places
    6. Falling in love
    Hate:
    1. Mean and dishonest people
    2. A broken heart
    3. Feeling Lost
    4. Hypocrites and haters
    5. Being rushed
    6. The disconnect in society

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    • midimike says:

      OOOOH! Good ones. I thought a lot before I answered but after reading a few of these I understand the question better. I am glad you participated in this one, ’cause it has also helped me see the fun side of responding. Thank you!

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      • InsaneRoots says:

        Thanks! It was a good brain exercise for sure! I think it’s good when we take a moment and make ourselves think about what we truly love and hate…it’s helps us remember who we are. Thanks for exercising my brain! 🙂

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      • midimike says:

        I am glad I was persuaded by peer pressure and Alisa! It was more fun and educational than I thought it would be. The other benefit for me was reading all the other lists. Things I agree and almost regret not including them in mine. But then again, if I did it would have been a 50 things list! Thank you indeed!

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  11. DeniseBalog says:

    Gosh Mike, after reading all the great list, I have to give this some thought! Great challenge to get to know our neighbors better! Thanks, denise

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  12. Alexia Lauren says:

    So few people spend time introspecting or actually trying to know themselves. Most of us are always first to jump and judge others. Such a wonderful post. (:
    I enjoyed reading. Got me thinking.

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    • midimike says:

      You are right it takes time. It is also a skill and some of us need ‘teachers’ to show us different ways of looking at the world – and ourselves. We too easily ‘look for the enemy’ in every situation, just like TV and movies. Thank you very much for the comment and the insight. I am glad you enjoyed it and thanks again for stopping by.

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  13. Love:

    1. God The Father
    2. Jesus
    3. Holy Spirit
    4. People starting with my favourite person…My Husband
    5. Coffee
    6. Early mornings
    7. Spring
    8. Beautiful colors
    9. Writing
    10. Life

    Hate:

    1. Pain
    2. Loud noises when I’m deep in thought
    3. Bright irritating lights when I’m in the mood to relax
    4. Sickness and Disease
    5. Stepping in poop
    6. Bad Coffee
    7. Saying Goodbye
    8. Working 9-5
    9. People fighting
    10. Cleaning up after cooking

    I took me a while to come up with 10 Hates…I could have added 10 more Loves!

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    • midimike says:

      LOL I understand what you mean. I could go on and on for the list of things I Love, but it was harder than I thought to come up with the full list of things I hate. I noticed other lists did not get to ten, so great job!

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  14. ajaykohli says:

    Both are same Love and hate
    Both are like inseparable mate
    Both are same ,still having different trait
    We had kings and rulers and Alexander the great
    He loved to conquer but he spread hate
    When you love someone you become blind
    Their mistakes you don’t mind
    But when destiny churns and grind
    Love goes hind
    Hate comes fore
    We don’t love the same person any more
    So dear its same coin with two different sides
    Hate and love coincides

    Ajay Kohli

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  15. That’s a list I respect.

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  16. Let’s just go with the love. 😉
    My family
    Life
    Ocean
    Nature
    The journey
    Running
    Improvement
    Golf
    I could go on and on.!

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  17. Sandy Sue says:

    What a great list. “Things that should but don’t work” rang my bell.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. […] one of my fellow bloggers, MidiMike, took the challenge last week and said instead of nominating people to take it, I want you all to […]

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  19. Wow! We have a lot in common. I love . . .
    1-Writing
    2-Reading
    3-Music
    4-Nature
    5-Animals
    6-Family
    7-Good food
    8-Traveling
    8-Cooking
    9-Photography
    10-Learning

    I hate . . .

    1-Hypocrisy
    2-Greediness
    3-Jealousy & Envy
    4-Keeping up with the Joneses
    5-Violence
    6-Prejudice
    7-Nosy neighbors
    8-Narcissists
    9-Pain
    10-Cowards

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  20. Rellick says:

    Hello, love getting to know people. Love instruments but tried guitar and failed so writing poetry is my new instrument. Love and hate all of your list. Mostly I love people.

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    • midimike says:

      Perfect! Guitar is a bit of a challenge and is an acquired taste. I think it confuses a lot of beginners and takes a bit of work to make the fingers do what you want. It is also more of a percussive instrument than a lot of others, but hard to talk you out of poetry! Good call. Thank you for your list.

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  21. Just like yours, apart from the biking – unless it’s mountain biking or regular cycling. I’m not a fan of motorbikes 🙂

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  22. pharo001 says:

    Filling out all of those dating profiles has given me really good practice for this.

    Love:
    1) Faith and spirituality
    2) Ambition
    3) Luck/Opportunity
    4) Kindness
    5) Animals
    6) Humor
    7) Freedom
    8) Wanderlust
    9) Change/Growth
    10) Internet

    Hate:
    1) Greed (Stole that from someone, but definitely at the top of my list)
    2) Close-mindedness
    3) Cruelty
    4) Cilantro
    5) Fear
    6) Betrayal/Heartache
    7) Ego
    8) Bitterness
    9) Loss
    10) Wires

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  23. sam1128 says:

    I have come a little late to this!
    Love
    Life
    Sex
    Writing
    Rhyme
    Smiling
    Music
    Travel
    People
    Lobster
    Learning new Things
    That first morning cuppa
    Hate
    Bigots
    Extremism
    Oysters
    Snow
    Self Delusion
    Cruelty
    Being told what to do
    Misery
    Cleaning the Oven…sigh
    Selfishness
    I stole a like …so I reduced a hate….lifes too short to dwell on hates!! lol

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  24. æon austin says:

    1. Love reading
    2. Writing
    3. My Fiancé, Paul
    4. Crying
    5. Attention
    6. Seclusion
    7. Open Mindedness
    8. Nature (especially water)
    9. Sex
    10. “Abnormality” in others
    1. Hate time
    2. Money
    3. Reality television
    4. Littering
    5. Cruelty towards animals and other people
    6. That part in me that (with conscious work is dying and) enjoys number 5
    7. Closed mindedness (you don’t have to convert, but be open to other possibilities. I’ve found that in doing so you only learn more about what it is you believe in)
    8. Apathy
    9. Negativity

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  25. I really resonated with all of your loves and hates. They could have been my own!

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