21 Oct 2011

Five Minute Friday: Beyond

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

We write bold and beautiful and free. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Won’t you join us?

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
    3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Beyond…

GO

Beyond the boundaries of these four walls. Beyond the old carpet and the wobbly kitchen table. Beyond the lamps that have blown bulbs and the futon that’s seen better days. Beyond the bed that tells tall tales of how many can fit into it. Beyond the spiderman suits strewn here and the batman cape stuffed in a back pack there.

I stand at the heart of this home and I can see far beyond what meets the eye.

I see two boys who sleep arms akimbo just like their daddy. I see a baby girl who glows when her brothers walk into the room.

I feel the ache and tug and kite high jaunt of this heart of mine that soars way beyond the banal that the world would tell me makes up my 24/7. I see beauty and color and a lifetime I want to still memorize.

Come wind, come storm, come wild weather. I will always dance beyond the force of your frustration; you cannot ground me. I will ribbon tail it here beyond what you can do to me. All red and purple, green, yellow and blue. See the pink. I dance pink in these clouds beyond what lies below because I know what I see.

Because I choose what to look at.

STOP

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  1. 1

    Wow – so good. I am nervous to do this one. Hopefully my creative juices will start flowing and I can get typing about Beyond :-) BTW, this is the best idea ever!

  2. 2

    Just beautiful.

  3. 3

    So beautiful.

  4. 4

    Beautifully and poignantly written Lisa Jo. Thank you for this opportunity to just write from the heart. It is wonderful to read what everyone else has to say. Lots of food for thought here!

    Hope your weekend is enjoyable.

    God bless!

  5. 5

    Oh, YES! Thank you! “I will always dance beyond the force of your frustration…Because I choose what to look at.”
    Yes, yes, yes!

  6. 6

    Lisa Jo ~ BIG HUG to starting 5-Minute Fridays (it’s led me to begin “One Word Devo” on Wednesdays) and I love the word for today ~ Beyond ~ most challenging! I very much enjoy your directive of commenting on the person who linked up before you. Most of us (it seems) will read & comment forward and behind and now I go looking for blogs of people I’ve butted up to in the past. Each week it’s like relocating and meeting your new neighbors. Thank you for your dedication to building this community!
    Blessings,
    Felecia

  7. 7

    I love “Because I choose what to look at.” I think that thought will help me look around my house a little differently. Thanks Lisa-Jo:)

  8. 8

    “I stand at the heart of this home and I can see far beyond what meets the eye.”

    I love this. You are an amazing writer. I just found you, and I will have to come back and read more!

  9. 9

    This is so beautiful. I can’t always seem to look beyond the mess and then I become stressed. I like your way of thinking much better :).

  10. 10

    I didn’t realize how powerful a word is “beyond”. My name is Lea and I am a new follower (now participant) of your blog. Thank you for bringing us together in this orderly and creative way. Hugs & Blessings :)

  11. 12

    Your word paint a lovely image!

  12. 13

    Hey there …. I always look at the word each Friday and think …. ‘Can I come up with something different again!!’ … and it never ceases to amaze me that within a few seconds a line of thought will pop into my head and off I go. It always proves to be such fun :)

  13. 14

    I don’t usually do the memes etc on the internet mainly because I forget :) but this one grabbed me. I saw it on two blogs today, Debbie my sweet friend from Heart Choices and another blog friend. I thought, I better pop in and see what the 5 minutes writing is about because the word “beyond” has walked with me this week. I even shared it on my FB earlier in the week so I’d like to join in with you dear ladies for next time if it’s ok.

    I enjoyed your reading your post and I’ve enjoyed my visit!

    Blessings and peace!
    Lisa

  14. 15

    first, I don’t know why but I seem to mess up your linky party quite often :-(. This time it posted me 4 times and 4 different photos…sorry about that Lisa-Jo.

    Back to your 5-minutes: So lovely. You bring back all the memories of when my boys were becoming men. Somehow, I’m released from all the mistakes I made in mothering them then. You give me hope to be the Mom I need to be for my adult men, and daughter-in-law.
    For that and more, I thank you.

    Dark chocolate and real hugs.

  15. 16

    Lisa Jo, I love, love, love your thoughts on this one. You reminded me of those things which are most important. Sometimes I get so caught up in the mistakes of the moment that I lose the bigger picture of what really matters. Thank you so much for this one.

  16. 17

    This here makes me want to face frustration and sorrow just as bravely as beauty.

  17. 18

    I want to dance like that … out beyond the forces of frustration. Ah, but these two left feet get me tangled in the tango. ;)

    You’re a blessing. Grateful for your Friday gatherings.

    Also, when Lisa-Jo announced her Word of the Week, who else out there had this one line go through their heads: “To infinity … AND BEYOND!” :)

  18. 19

    Hey I did my post and tried to link up but it is closed already…It is only 7:20 on Friday Eastern time…when does it close normally?
    Thanks…

  19. 20

    Um…Never mind…figured it out…wrong date…sorry…

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