It’s Five Minute Friday on Saturday time. You know what that means … letting the neurons out of their cages to roam free, spark the heart, mind and soul and trigger the finger movements for a five minute post on a specific prompt word. And when the exercise is over, we’ll head to Kate’s place http://katemotaung.com/2017/02/23/five-minute-friday-slow/) to link up with my amazing fellow writers and share and swap words of encouragement.
You know how much I appreciate this treasured time and I’ve asked you to join in [your really, really should]. But I thought I would add some additional incentive from my fellow writers. Taken from snippets in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat, perhaps their words about what Five Minute Friday has meant to them will inspire you to give it a chance.
“I had opened a blog and never written in it when I found Five Minute Friday in 2013. I love writing, but didn’t know thing one about blogging. FMF gave me the impetus to start writing in my blog. Since then, I’ve expanded, grown, refined. It has been such a journey! I am so grateful for the way FMF drew out my spontaneous side and gave me permission to write without my inner critic editing every dot and tittle to a perfection. I met some of my greatest blogging friends through FMF. We are still connected to this day through social media. One friend helped me launch my new site. Another included me in a blogging group on FB that helped ‘raise’ me through my adolescence as a blogged (which I’m probably still in!). When I look back at all the tributaries in my online writing career, FMF was the source of many of them. Since blogging, I wrote some parenting posts which got the attention of another author who invited me to co-author a book two years ago. That invitation was birthed from my blog which was given wings through FMF. Such goodness!” — Patti
Okay. Back to the task at hand. The prompt is SLOW (does that describe me?) and the timer has been set. So, it’s time to GO…
I was sitting here thinking about the prompt, not particularly doing very much, just listening to some music and chilling. It definitely is “down time”. It’s time to slow down.
But it also reminded me of another time when Karen and I were first married. Although it went by way too fast, there was an early pace in our honeymoon phase where we had all the time in the world. We walked through those early months in a steady cadence … not too slow, but certainly not at the frenetic pace which followed as we became more seasoned partners.
We made time for each other. We would stop what we were doing. We were cognizant of each other’s needs and wants and moods. And we capitalized on that.
In retrospect, we probably weren’t crawling at a slow speed. It certainly didn’t feel like it at the time. But it was a more simple time when we were tuned into each other, learning every day about the intricacies of marriage and more than willing to stop and smell the roses … and pay attention to each other.
I miss those times. I regret the later years when we couldn’t … STOP
…find the time to enjoy each other’s company that same way when life accelerated, when work and family and day to day distractions intruded.
So, I guess my message for the week is simply this. Slow down. Savor each minute. Enjoy your relationships. They fly by much too fast.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Until you are happy with who you are and where you are in life, you will never learn to love others or get to where you want to be.