10 Jun 2011

Five Minute Friday: Backwards

Take a deep breath. You made it. It’s Friday.

Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and brave and unscripted.
Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week. And it gives me a chance to give one of you a little somethin’ somethin’ from DaySpring, who I love more than cotton candy – and yea, that’s a lot!

Last week the God Gives Every Day a Beauty of its Own Tote went to Five Minute Artist #87 Julia!

This week the I can Do Everything Through Him Magnetic Memo Board is up for grabs. And get this? If you use the special code DaySpring created for my blog readers you can get 20% off this and anything else in the store! Including sale items! Just enter GYPSY20 at checkout!

OK, are you ready?

Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Backwards….

GO

Some days are like a scrambled egg. They’re beaten and messy and upside down. They run backwards. Away from all you’re supposed to accomplish and everything you wish you could be. They mix themselves up into untangleable knots of kids and chores and deadlines and crazy-eyed moms. We back ourselves into corners as complicated as the pile of toys teetering one on top of another in the playroom that I will never ever get around to thoroughly cleaning out.

They whimper and whine, these backwards days, for attention and straightening out. But I’ve acquired learned deafness and I tune them out with the stamp and the stomp of songs sung alongside wild boys who are always up for a backwards challenge, Who blow their vuvuzelas over the trumpet of the chaos and dance wild in their superman underpants.

We’ve learned to embrace them – these backwards days. Sometimes growing up and moving forwards involves a complicated two step of sideways moves and recalculations and leaving lots of things undone. Sometimes the messier the house, the less backwards the day as we embrace each other instead of the long list of chores and simply {surrender to the now.}

STOP

Words in parentheses written after the timer dinged :) OK, your turn – show me what you’ve got.

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  1. 1

    Really needing to take a deep breath and embrace each other rather than the to-do list. Thanks for the reminder. With Joy, Carey

  2. 2

    Indeed!!! We have many a scrambled egg days as well! :) And the floor, is there a floor under all those toys and books?! :) Thanks for putting is so beautifully!

  3. 3

    I’m one of those “crazy-eyed moms” right now. Whew, it’s late. But, I’m thankful for my family doing life together, backwards or forwards. Thanks for this challenging prompt.

  4. 4

    So great, Lisa-Jo. Yes, we have plenty of backwards days around here, and I get twitchy and crazy-eyed and then grace steps in. *whew* Backwards, forwards, sideways, it’s all in His keeping! Blessings, mama! ;)

  5. 5

    AMEN! Loved this post.

    I’m linking up for the first time, and I did it totally ‘wrong’. I wrote my five-minute post Wednesday night (because I thought it was Thursday night…one of those days), and then tried to link up yesterday. It was pretty hilarious when I realized what I was doing wrong.

    All that to say, I didn’t realize there was a prompt. I’ll do better next week. ; )

  6. 7

    surrendering to the now=beauty.
    even in the mess & the noise.
    especially? yes. i think so.

  7. 8

    Great topic – had me stumped for a 1/2 second! Happy weekend!

  8. 9

    How beautiful! I love that you give us a prompt and we can all take it different ways. Really enjoying linking up :).

  9. 10

    Loved this one today, and I especially loved your take on it. It was beautiful. I love that there are so many ways to look at backwards!

  10. 11

    Your so right, this is a great way to catch your breath at the end of the week. Great post about embracing backward days and leaving the mess and embracing each other.

  11. 12

    You have learned what I wish, looking backwards, I had known. You will never regret these days of horns blowing and dancing little boy feet!

  12. 13

    Absolutely – I think my internal GPS is most often saying recalculating. My boys are up for a backwards challenge as well. When we took an adventure walk, my 8yo even walked or jogged most of it backwards. He’s just silly, coordinated and brave enough (look out behind you!) to pull it off. It made for some serious fun.

  13. 14

    This is my first time trying this and I really enjoyed it, so thank you.
    I tried so hard to link up but I can’t get the website to let me add a picture not matter what I try! I would have been link number 121! :)

  14. 17

    We’ve had those kind of scrambled eggs days at our house too. There are some good learning experiences in these kind of day.

    This was my first time linking up (just came across your blog a couple weeks ago) Thanks so much. It was fun! Been enjoying the link ups. :)

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