Five Minute Friday — Distant

Happy Five Minute Friday time!

I don’t have to tell you the drill — I’ve done that many times over — but there is something different. The link is on Facebook at I hope to see some of you there.

If you’ve followed this blog at all, you know how much value FMF has for me. I’ve asked you to join in [you really, really should]. It’s quick. It’s easy {okay, sometimes not always}. It’s challenging. And it’s oh so rewarding. But don’t take my word for it. Here is what Lauren has to say, taken from snippets in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Don’t listen to me. Listen to her.

“FMF has been a consistent community of encouraging writers. Each week I look forward to the positive words and inspirational perspectives each contributor brings.”

I hope you find the time to join our special group. In the meantime, the prompt word is DISTANT. The time has been set for five minutes, so I guess we should GO...

The other night, my South Carolina son sent a photo of the distant full moon shimmering across the Atlantic Ocean. As I glanced out my window, I noticed the distant full moon reflecting off the Piscataquis River. It hit me … we were distant (separated) by about 1,200 miles, but saw the same full moon in all its glory.

It also reminded me of the story of Fievel Mousekewitz and his family as they emigrate from the Imperial Russian territory of Ukraine to the United States for freedom. However, the little mouse gets lost and must find a way to reunite with his family. He remembered the story of the moon and stars and kept looking up.

It was a touching American Tail that has so much relevance to all of us. We live under the same moon and stars … we are lost … we are constantly reminded to look up … we seek to be reunited with our eternal Family.

As we zig zag through this life, wouldn’t it be a great exercise to just stop and look at the distant events that unite us, that bring us together, that connect us with the ultimate … STOP


As I often state to my family, we may be distant (separated) but we are connected at the heart. As I stated last night at the Five Minute Friday Twitter party, we may be distant (separated) but we’re family and community.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle

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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Distant

  1. Michelle says:

    I have a son who’s far away, too. I love the reminder that we are not as distant as it seems sometimes. FMF11

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  2. Jennifer says:

    Seeing the same moon keeps me connected to people I love all around the world. I think that’s amazing!


  3. Love the way you formatted this, Joe, with the pictures bookending the text. Nicely done!

    It’s getting kind of serious
    as cancer says, “Please die!”
    But my Helper is mysterious,
    and I look into the sky.
    I lie flat upon the stone,
    transfixed by my pain-bars
    and know the I am not alone,
    falling up into the stars.
    The lighthouses of the gentle night
    mark the path that leads me back
    to a place where holy light
    gives everything I lack.
    One day that journey will be real,
    the day when at last I heal.


  4. Cindy says:

    Just beautiful Joe! And one of my favorite songs! I used to listen to it when my children were away at college and I was missing them. It can still bring tears to my eyes! Yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all would look up together to find we are connected as family!


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