Five Minute Friday — Reflect

I got the memo. Lisa-Jo is taking the holidays off from Five Minute Friday. A group of us who love to throw caution to the wind and just write will be back in January.

But, before taking the hiatus, Lisa-Jo added one more prompt — REFLECT. You see, she was born in South Africa. Yesterday, Nelson Mandella died. And she, her husband and three children will be heading back to South Africa for Christmas. She has a connection. Her reflections are more relevant. I encourage you to read them at

But here I go, offering my five minutes on the “bonus” prompt — REFLECT. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

This is a good time to stop and reflect, especially about these five minute Friday exercises.

It’s always a challenge getting your thoughts in order before writing. It’s a big challenge getting them organized for five minutes of writing. But over the past year I have had made some amazing discoveries — about the world, my fellow writers and journey partners, my self. Each week I try to take on the specific word and share some thought that somehow makes a difference. I know I’m not always successful, but I hope over the past year there have been some nuggets for readers to take with them.

There were some that generated interest — like REST (March 15) or HERE (April 12) — and others that fell flat — like IN BETWEEN (June 28) or CHERISH (Jan. 18).

Perfect? No.

Insightful? Not always.

Challenging? Always.

Fun? Definitely.

Writing this blog has been a catharsis for me and I hope some of the words make some sense to you as well.

Enjoy this Christmas season and remember to reflect on the reason for the season. It’s not all glitter and … STOP

… tinsel. It’s the present WE received.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it becomes due.

About wisdomfromafather

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

  1. Hello! I agree with your thoughts about Five Minute Friday! I enjoyed reading through your blog. How blessed you are with many grandchildren! I pray you have a wonderful Christmas full of peace and joy!


    • Thank you for the warm thoughts. Checked your site out as well … well done. We truly are blessed our Lord looks past the cracks and flaws and just, well, loves us for who we are. And yes, Christmas is Love! May you and your clan be blessed!

  2. Joe,
    When I first encountered your blog I was relieved that a man would join in with the majority of posters being women. Reading your posts are refreshing and insightful. I love reading your blog. I know I don’t visit every day. I shall subsribe to your blog so I can keep a closer eye on your posts so I will have a better opportunity to comment. I loved Lisa-Jo’s post. She laid her heart bare on this one. I’m learning to be better at that. I’ve lived in such a walled up world that I tend to be very selective in exposing my heart. =-D

    • Thank you for the kind words. I was somewhat intimidated venturing into the girls’ club, but was intrigued by Lisa-Jo’s approach. You women have helped me! Of course, my wife softened my sexist attitudes, but you women have reinforced that lesson. I only wish many of them would recognize all that they contribute. Again, thank you for the kind words and may the peace of Christmas be with your throughout the year..

  3. TamrahJo says:

    I disagree with some of your 5-minute posts falling flat – I always enjoy them! 🙂

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