Five Minute Friday — Different

Mea culpa.

I’ve been on the road for a week and haven’t really found the time to carve out five minutes for my weekly writing exercise. It’s not an excuse … just stating a fact.

Actually, I’ve thought long and hard about last week’s prompt, ONLY, so I have that one pocketed in the mind. I’ll probably post that one tomorrow — or sometime during our two week hiatus from Five Minute Friday. Five Minute Friday, of course, is a discipline where independent writers join together to transform thoughts on a specific prompt word from their minds through their fingers onto the screen for five minutes. Then we get together and share our pearls of wisdom {okay, some times they’re swine, but the intention is always good} at Kate’s spot on Facebook at

This week’s prompt is DIFFERENT, but before I set the timer, let me introduce you to Leighann to entice you to check us out. These words were penned in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat reflecting what the exercise has meant to the contributors. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

“What I can tell you about Five Minute Friday and what it has meant to me is that it has been a catalyst to get me writing again. As a teacher in a public school my job has given me less and less time to do any kind of personal writing. My job is very stressful now. Five Minute Friday is perfect for me especially around the school year because I am disciplined now to setting aside just five minutes to write every week. It provides a venue for me to share my creativity and be able to encourage others while simultaneously being encouraged myself. I am so grateful to know that some of my posts have really ministered and blessed other women as I have been blessed by their postings as well. I look forward to the new prompt every week. Thank you to everyone who is part of this wonderful online community!”

So, now we can set the timer and focus on the word for the week — DIFFERENT. GO…

This is turning out to be a really different Christmas season. I’m not home. I’m on the road and along the way I will visit my five children at their homes, along with other family members and friends.

I didn’t even put up my ceramic Christmas tree. I was going to, but being out of town for the better part of December and not expecting to return until Jan. 2, it sort of didn’t really make sense. The only “Christmas” at my apartment is a Christmas sweater on my guard goose outside my front door.

But being different doesn’t mean I’m not in the Christmas spirit. It means I get to experience the season in a half dozen states — each with their own take on the season. I get to see the decorations at the children’s homes. I get to wander through the streets and gaze at how they are preparing for the holidays. I hope to be at my oldest son’s in Kentucky for Christmas Day and we’re planning a side trip to Nashville … STOP

… for A Charlie Brown Christmas walk through and perhaps some other fun activities. I’ve already seen Christmas parades in two states.

Yes sometimes, just sometimes, it pays to shake things up and do them differently.  You get a whole new perspective.

Well, that’s officially it for the year {although, as I said, I will probably play catch up during the  hiatus}. I’ll see you in the new year. In the meantime, I wish you all a very Blessed and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Celebrating Christmas without Christ is like celebrating George Washington’s birthday without mentioning the first president. — James N. Watkins

About wisdomfromafather

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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Different

  1. I love that you get to experience Christmas in a whole new way! Enjoy every bit of it! #31

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