18 May 2012

Five Minute Friday: Perspective

On Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Your words. This shared feast.

If you have five minutes, we double dog dare you to spend it writing here <—click to tweet this!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

OK, are you ready? The Gypsy Mama Facebook late night crew is my new muse come 10pm Thursday night, so please give me your best five minutes on their choice:





The house is too small, too cramped, too old. The kids are to loud, too rowdy, too dirty. The floor is too sticky tacky, the fridge is too loud, the carpets are too stained.

The playroom is too chaotic, the desk is too cramped, the walls are too scarred.

The dog is too loud, too messy, too much extra time in the day and the way of one more constant need for attention and draw on limited reserves of hands on affection.

The love is too big, the bricks too limited to wrap arms around it. The kids are a comet through this heart and they burn up the yard, the deck and my grin as they power by. Up and over and inside me, I open it all to make room.

The floor tells a love story to small boys who want to help clean and the fridge hums merrily with enough sippy yogurts to float an entire preschool class all the way to merry go rounds of delight.

The toys dance and the kids delight and the music pounds us a serenade of baby feet. Walls whisper secrets from full days and little sisters who play chase over and under each block and each basketball hoop. There is no slow setting.

Micah learns patience from a puppy and I learn to see new sides of the God who made this everything and declared it good.

So much good.

My hands can’t hold it.


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  1. 2

    LOVED this…yes, so many little inconveniences, little jobs that take up so many minutes of the day. But they are worth it, really, aren’t they? :) Happy puppy and kid fun to you!!

  2. 3

    Love your perspective!

  3. 4

    This has been my 1st Five Minute Friday morning … so much fun to write outside the box, so early in the day, have new friends dropping by and leaving comments, and visit other sites where we’re all focusing on the same subject. A truly fascinating connection!

    But oh-so-early!!!


  4. 5

    Your words area always a breath of fresh air…and this post is no exception. Such a beautiful and fulfilling perspective. :)

  5. 6

    “The kids are a comet through this heart and they burn up the yard, the deck and my grin as they power by. Up and over and inside me, I open it all to make room.”
    I just loved these lines – so expressive of the chaotic journey of joy of parenthood.

    Big fan of your blog and thanks so much for hosting these five-minute-fridays – it feels like a free writing class! :-)

  6. 7

    Hey there messed up my link. Could you delete me guest 105. I have linked incorrectly to an editing portion of my blog. I’ve reposted as guest 107. Thank you and sorry everyone for the bad link.

  7. 8

    Just wrote my first one. I set the timer on the microwave so I wouldn’t cheat. This was fun, and the words just came. I didn’t know what to expect but I like it.

  8. 9

    I like the way you brought around a change in perspective. A simple attitude adjustment is sometimes all it takes to turn drudgery into joy! ~Sheila :)

  9. 10
    Michele says:

    have a headfull I’d love to leave here but no blog to link to!

    So nice to see your work!

  10. 11

    It’s amazing how motherhood can go from too much mess to too much good with a simple change in perspective!

  11. 12

    “The kids are a comet through this heart.” I won’t forget this one. Beautiful imagery…and unedited?!! Amazing.

  12. 13

    LOVED your thoughts on perspective!! AND as always–thanks for hosting the Five-Minute Friday link-up–I look forward to it more each week! =)

  13. 14

    wow! you have a crazy amount of linkers!
    this is a super fun idea, and i will try to
    link up next friday.

    five minutes, eh?

  14. 15

    Oh my your post is adorable. It made me smile from my toes resting among the toys strewn on the floor, to the top of my greasy hair. :)

  15. 16
    Rana Armoush says:

    Good perspective of these tiny details, loved the description!

  16. 17

    This is just beautiful. Perspective really can make all the difference, can’t it?

  17. 18

    I love this!

  18. 19

    Perspective keeps me alive. Perspective keeps me happy even when life is bad. It’s not always easy for me to hold onto it, but when I do, life is much better. Beautiful post, as usual!


  19. 20

    I don’t know what happened but I was there in a little linky box (once I figured out how…first time newbie) and now I don’t see me. I was going to go to the person before me as the “rules” state…but I can’t see what happened. Help?


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