Five Minute Friday … Ten

One thing is certain, when the girls get together to come up with a prompt for Five Minute Friday, they give it a lot of thought … which means we have to give it a lot of thought.

That’s what makes Five Minute Friday so much fun. It’s the challenge of forming a {hopefully} cohesive thought around one word, bringing it to life, expanding the thought into words and words into sentences. Check them out at Kate’s place ( You won’t be disappointed. I know I’m not.

This week’s challenge is TEN. So we’ll set the timer to five minutes and see what develops. I’m sure we’ll go way beyond that. GO

The top 10 blessings I have:

1 Faith … A strong faith is the bedrock of my life. I don’t know how I could walk day by day without the belief there isn’t something more for me, my life has meaning and my spirit lives forever.

2 Wife … I was blessed with an angel disguised as a wife. She was my lover, my friend, my counterbalance, my reason for living. She continues to influence my life in little, subtle ways — seven years after going to her glory.

3 Family … I was blessed with a strong family. I’ve watched my five children grow and mature, picked them up when they fell and now marvel at how strong they are. And they in turn have blessed me with 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. It’s always a joy to see them and watch them also grow from children into adults … STOP

4 Career … I’ve been blessed with a 50 year career in a field I love. It might have started out accidentally, but when printing ink gets in your veins, you’re hooked. I have been blessed with good, solid mentors over those years. I miss those who shepherded me and relish those still around. I was able to learn from the best, ultimately becoming a publisher myself. The diversity of daily and weekly news cycles keeps the adventure fresh every day.

5 Friends … I’ve been blessed with friends, some close, some far away, some for a long time, some for just a season, but each holding a special place in my heart. I don’t always say it, but I truly appreciate all who have crossed my path.

6 Health … I am far from the healthiest person on earth and I don’t always make the best choices, but I have been blessed with relatively good health. Age is starting to catch up, but I can still walk, talk and think. That’s a blessing.

7 Memories … And so many of them! I am blessed with a heart full of good memories. As they say, I’ve had my share of life’s ups and downs, but the downs have been few. What a blessing!

8 Technology … I’ve been blessed watching technological advances in my lifetime. In almost every sphere of my life, how we do things is so much different than how we did things. The Internet. Blogging. Reaching outside our individual comfort zones. These are some of the blessings I see every day {although I would say the wanton sex and violence displayed these days are dark side counters to the technological advances we’ve made}.

9 Mobility … My dad’s generation centered around one place. Travel was relegated to vacations. I’ve been blessed with not only the ability but the drive to expand my world beyond a 50 mile radius. I’ve worked in five states and loved exploring each area. The cities. The country. The farms. The factories. The mountains. The lakes. The ocean. The sports venues. The museums and historical sites. Scandinavia. Canada. The list goes on and on … and hopefully I will be blessed with many more open road adventures in my lifetime.

10 Life … I’ve been blessed being able to live a full life pretty much the way I wanted. I’ve been able to travel. I’ve been able to rub elbows with celebrities and common folk. I’ve been allowed to see the best in everyone and everything despite the sometimes ugliness of life. I’ve witnessed hope and perseverance. I’ve learned about balance, learning from mistakes and to keep plugging one step at a time, one day at a time. Choose life. It’s more than a slogan. It’s a way of living.

Well, that’s it. My top 10 blessings. What are yours?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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9 Responses to Five Minute Friday … Ten

  1. denise says:

    enjoyed your list of blessings.


  2. What a great idea, to list your blessings.

    What field of printing are you in?


  3. Barbie says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blessings. You are a blessed man indeed!


  4. Lisa Morris says:

    I enjoyed reading your top Ten! Look forward to reading more post.Thanks for the follow. God Bless:) Lisa


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