Five Minute Friday — Place

Happy Friday! Time for my Five Minute Friday contribution. Check out the amazing five minutes takes at Kate’s place on Facebook at by our special community of writers.

I’ve been sharing snippets taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. They are a testament to the value of the exercise. This week, I’ll share some perspective from Angela who I hope inspires you to check us out or, better yet, try your hand at focused, unscripted writing for just five minutes. And share it on Kate’s website.

“When I felt stuck as a writer, Five Minute Fridays showed me that was only in my mind. Sometimes I wrote my FMF piece only in my journal, because the prompt brought out raw feelings I wasn’t ready yet to share. Still, it helped me find my words again when I wasn’t sure I had anything to say.”

The timer has been set for this week’s prompt, PLACE, so I guess it’s time to GO…

The prompt got me to thinking … why am I in this place, Dover-Foxcroft, ME? For that matter, why was I in Seneca County, NY? Or Washington, DC? Or Toledo, OH? Or Belvidere, IL; Or Newton, NJ; Or Ogdensburg, NJ? Or Paterson, NJ? Or East Paterson, NJ {now Elmwood Park}? Why was I in Manhattan College? How did I discover Dominican College of Blauvelt (NY)? How did I find all these places when my Dad rarely traveled more than 25 miles from his birthplace?

Places. Different places. Different times.

Certainly, my choices led me on the paths I took … or did they? Was there a greater plan I was part of?

I don’t have that answer. But I can say before settling in central Maine, I visited every corner of the Pine Tree State. Before I settled in Seneca County, I looked at communities throughout the Northeast. And the reasons why I was placed where I was placed just go on and on.

As I reflect back on each step along the journey, I realize I was placed where I was placed for one of three reasons … either to learn, to grow or to influence. That could be for good or bad, but it essentially comes down to that.

Over the years, I have been guided by an incredible cadre … STOP

of mentors who were carefully placed in my world at just the right time and place. I’ve learned from their guidance — and my sometimes stupid mistakes. I grew from their example. I was influenced by those lessons and I’ve tried to reciprocate and be a good influence for my family, friends and neighbors. That’s what this blog is all about.

I don’t know why I’m in Dover-Foxcroft and not in China, ME, or Bryant Pond, ME, or Seaside Heights, NJ. I wasn’t placed there. I was placed here. It will be fun to look back and see why.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have. — Cayla Mills

About wisdomfromafather

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

  1. Joyful Abundant Life says:

    God has a purpose for everyone of us in the place he has put us. Thanks for sharing.


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