Happy March! Happy first Five Minute Friday of the month!
You know the drill. We get our weekly prompt, let the spirit flow for five minutes, post, link up in the Community section at www.fiveminutefriday.com, and — best part — visit other writers in our to support and encourage them.
For the past few months, I have also been sharing testimonials from fellow writers as outlined in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll share some words from Marie’s heart.
“The very first time I ever participated in Five Minute Friday, I stumbled upon the group just days after I found out about my liver problems which meant I had to go off the medications I was taking at the time. I had no idea that those initial days were just the first of what would be a two years (and counting) journey. The words here reveal more about me than I could ever share through speech — a frightening thing for a reserved person such as myself. I pushed aside the fears and decided to be vulnerable, to put myself out there with this new group of people. They embraced me. I have not once regretted diving into this beautifully messy and wonderfully weird community. #bacon. They know why.”
That’s common– reaching out and absorbing the love of this community. That’s why I heartily encourage you to join us. It is a “beautifully messy and wonderfully weird community.” And we’d love to have you in our circle!
With that, I’ll get off thee soap box and down to work. The prompt is REGRET. The timer has been set, so let’s see where the neurons GO...
Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention…
Yes, I know that’s from My Way. But I like to think — especially as I’ve aged — my way was totally in conformity with His way. And when it wasn’t He let me know!
If I had it all to do over again, I probably would change some of my reactions. I would listen more, talk more, communicate better. But I don’t think I would change anything substantively.
I was blessed with a good, full, rich life with a great 40 year marriage and five children, 18 grandchildren and two with soon-to-be three great-grandchildren. Plus I had plenty of adventures.
That’s what life is … one big adventure, with each day unfolding new challenges and new beauty. We have to intentionally look for those blessings sometimes, but they are there, each and every day. Even the challenges are blessings, although admittedly,sometimes through the rear view mirror.
I’ve come to the conclusion … STOP
… you can waste your time on “what ifs” but they’re not going to add one second to your life — and may actually subtract a few because of the stress and angst.
Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again — through God’s help — too few to mention.
THOUGHT T REMEMBER: Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. — Hillary Clinton