Status – Don Charisma’s Prompt

Today’s prompt – “Status”




Imagine you’re a king or queen speaking to one of your minions, a mere serf, even a cat or a dog. How does it feel to be way above, high status ?

Then imagine you’re the lowest of the low, a servant, a serf, a tramp/vagrant, speaking to a king or queen ? How does it feel to be way below, low status ?

Write about it. Design it. Draw it. Paint it. Photograph it. Whatever it. Publish it.


Don Charisma

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33 thoughts on “Status – Don Charisma’s Prompt

  1. What a great post! Some years ago, I though about this type of ideas an I do some pictures. I like the one you published but mine’s harder than this one. I inspired in hunger, poverty and human exploitation.

    1. Thanks, and yes exactly, I’m doing more prompts and welcoming all creatives to have a go, painters, photographers, writers … do join in I’d really like if someone took a writing oriented prompt and did a painting or a painting oriented prompt and wrote about it 🙂

  2. Okay, Mr. Don Charisma.

    In my 5-plus decades:

    I’ve been:
    Picked up and hurled into walls
    Knocked to my knees
    Kicked when I’m down
    Treated like I was invisible
    Within $50.00 of homelessness (with 2 tiny children)
    So desperately alone and afraid

    I’ve also:
    Been complimented
    Been celebrated
    Enjoyed amazing friendships

    The bad things on the first list ALL happened when I was poor and down on my luck. The good things ALL happened when I was married well and living in a McMansion. These are not coincidences.

    People can be cruel and condescending to those they perceive as beneath them. I know this first hand. I’ve done menial jobs for almost no pay. It’s a rare person of wealth and influence who regards those serving him/her as being of equal value. Especially those born on third base and think they hit a triple.

    Trying to establish friendships while being desperately poor (when you need them the most) is like trying to lasso a rainbow. I suppose people subconsciously don’t want to align themselves with a ‘loser’. I don’t care how many movies may make that seem possible. Movies are fantasies-for a reason. But that’s okay. If you can survive it, having to overcome without friends only makes you that much stronger.

    I’ve emerged from that turmoil to the other side. It wasn’t easy. It still isn’t. The experience of being a peon changed me forever.

    Everyone’s had their struggles. That staggering cliff to claw their way up an inch at a time. The details don’t matter.

    What does matter is never forgetting how it feels to be ‘less than’. Taking the lead in word and deed to make others aware of their own behavior toward their fellow humans. The accident of birth to rich or poor parents shouldn’t make a difference. But it does. I’ve not yet been on the ‘queen’ level of prosperity, but I do know how I’ll treat people when I am.

    I wouldn’t go back and trade the strength I gained for anything.

    I am:
    On my knees every day in thankfulness.

    1. Hey Victoria, absolutely smashing piece of writing, you absolutely took that prompt and made it your own … I don’t want to critique, one because I absolutely suck at it and two because I don’t think it would add anything … lovely writing 🙂

      Just one question – why didn’t you blog this, I’m perfectly happy for you too, and sometimes I reblog, so would help your PR … if you want to be sure and link back to the prompt and I should get a pingback …

      Warm regards

      Don Charisma 🙂

  3. We are all sovereign, if we choose to cultivate it within us. But even a royal-by-birth can be made bereft by their actions and mindset. That’s why ultimately the Emperor had no clothes.

    1. So status emanates from within, not from without … and something we all have the capacity to “be”, high status … and also we all have the capacity to “be” low status … like it Jenny, thanks 🙂

  4. The only thing I know is that I find myself veeeeery gooooood in my upper-class status 😀 😀 😀 ((joking of course))

      1. … and for how I am inside, if I were very wealthy I’d make great donations to poor and orphans, sparing for me only substances needed to live a decent life.
        🙂 bye great Don

      2. Dooooon… it’s late! Take your big warm milk glass and go dreaming :-P. How many times my parents said this to me?
        Joke apart, have a nice night man 🙂

      3. Oh.. I’m sorry Man. I hope you’ll soon get well. Take a good night’s sleep, bye 🙂

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