Five Minute Friday — Listen

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. I missed last week’s exercise on FALL (in Illinois at my granddaughter’s graduation … another story), although I might post it independently.

Anyway, you might remember the task at hand is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This week’s prompt is LISTEN.

The timer is set … so here goes. {clock starts now}

Clear your mind … Stop what you’re doing … Turn off the background noise … And listen.

Listen to the silence … Listen to the birds chirping … Listen to the wind gently blowing through the trees … Listen to the rain gently tapping on the roof or window … Listen to the children playing in their own imaginary world … Listen to the words of your spouse … Listen to the quiet voices directing your steps, correcting you, guiding you on this journey of life.

You can’t listen if your mind is cluttered. You can’t listen if you’re distracted. You can’t listen if you’re too busy talking or your mind is too busy with mindless activity.

But if you can stop the clutter, the sound is unmistakable. Be still and know that I am God. STOP

Well, that’s it.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Too many people itch for what they want without scratching for it.

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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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10 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Listen

  1. godschick says:

    I love your post. Very sweet. Brings up idyllic memories….and you have listening to all the things that really matter highlighted. I really enjoyed reading. Blessings to you!


  2. great post. i like your post. very well written .


  3. gmapoetry says:

    New here, don’t know how this works. Where do we post what we write in five minutes. Anyway, too distracted with duties (long story) right now so won’t be responding to “listen.” Thanks for any help you can give me. Marcia


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