Sometimes waiting until Saturday to do your Five Minute Friday assignment has an upside. The Saturday machinations of the mind lead in interesting directions. Take today for example. The prompt word for the week — DWELL — led to a fork in the mind’s road. Should I veer to the left? The right? Or travel the mere footpath down the middle?
You’ll never guess which I chose! Okay, maybe you will. I plowed right down the middle.
So, with timer set at five minutes and with apologies to Clement Moore, Let’s GO …
There’s a Facebook app being circulated that calculates the words you used most during the past year. In a montage of words, the phrase “today” stood out — primarily because just about every day I post a little feature, today’s visual thought … and a random picture that captured my attention. I don’t know why “visual” or “thought” didn’t surface, but today fits the topic.
I do generally follow the mantra today is the most important day of your life. Yesterday is done. Tomorrow hasn’t come. Live every moment of today.
So, this morning …
‘Twas sitting in my chair thinking of what I could do. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter. I sprang from the chair to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, with a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
So I went out to the lawn in my cap and greeted the guy. “What are you doing here?”
“You know, the usual pre-Christmas check. Besides I have a gig up the road. Can you give me a lift?”
“Sure,” I said. After all, it’s not the first time I had to cart Santa around town. “But,” I added, “why didn’t you go there yourself?”
“You know parking is at a premium,” he said, “and do you know how hard it is to park a sleigh with eight reindeer?”
“Besides,” he added, “you look like you need someone to talk to.”
“Amen, brother,” I thought to myself.
We hopped into the buggy for the 20 mile trip north. Before I could get into second gear he says so matter-of-factly, “So, what’s bothering you?” .
“It’s … STOP
… just a bunch of little things. I mean the world is going to hell in a hand basket. We have terrorists running around … kind of blowing up the Christmas spirit and it’s not even …”
He stopped me dead in mid-sentence.
“This is new?” he interjected. “Every year there is something going on that can dampen the spirit of Christmas. You’re missing the whole point of Christmas!”
He continued, “Christmas isn’t glitter and glitz. Christmas is a feeling, an attitude. And it shouldn’t just dwell in you at Christmas. It should dwell in you each and every day of the year. Christmas is joy. Remember what that is? Christmas is wonder. Are you so old you forgot what that is? It’s a celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ. It’s a time to celebrate His birth … the remarkable beginning of a life lived and sacrificed for you and me. Christ is the reason for the season. And that Love should dwell in us … not just during the Christmas season but every day.”
I kind of pondered his words as he mingled with the shoppers at his bazaar gig. I watched him as he stopped to talk with the little ones and engage them in conversation with a twinkle in his eye. I saw the magic and awe and joy and excitement and wonder as the little ones shared a secret toy request with him. I saw the pure innocent Love dwelling in him as he sprang to his sleigh — which had miraculously appeared — gave his team a whistle and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all .”
I want that joy dwelling in me. This season. Every day.
That’s my five minute contribution for the week. Five Minute Friday is a weekly flashmob of bloggers who gather, Internet-wide, to write for five minutes (no stopping, no editing) on a prompt provided by Kate, then link up and share a little comment. For more info, more posts, to join in and/or just to read what the other talented writers came up with, head to (http://katemotaung.com/2015/11/19/five-minute-friday-dwell/).
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Forgiveness is the oil of relationships. — Josh McDowell