Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheer- five Minute Friday

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (NKJV)





I was anything but of good cheer last night. I began my first pottery class thinking it would be relaxing art therapy. I was anything but relaxed. I couldn't make anything on the wheel! I had to start over THREE TIMES!

I had no idea how much skill and patience is required for such a task. It was the first of several classes. Our goal is to make 150 soup bowls to be used in a fall fundraiser. I'm not off to a good start. At least by the end though I was able to get and keep the clay centered.

Interesting to learn the clay resists, as it wants to maintain its original shape and form, but be of good cheer. A skilled potter makes something beautiful out of it and this is just the beginning.

STOP

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Expect-Five Minute Friday

Our new prompt this week is .........Expect

Each day something 

unexpected happens

Perhaps it's a bright goldfinch or 


red cardinal

darting across the road as you're driving

to or from work

Perhaps a person you haven't seen in

quite sometime

Perhaps being reunited with family members 

you haven't seen in umpteen years because

of somebody else's feud in the family

Some are little, some are BIG things


BUT 

       then there are the expectations we have when someone

                            let's us 

down

They don't follow through,

               instead

they 

           drop

 the ball 


and everything we expected becomes

                darkened, tarnished


And we are hurt because our expectations

were

               b-r-o-k-e-n


Expect 


                                                                       the 


unexpected

STOP

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Grow-Five Minute Friday

"Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? 

With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row."

What's in my garden? 

What's in yours? 

What do we want to grow there?

I was digging up weeds the other night and pulling out long roots. I found Sammy Snail snacking away, too. Never good for anything, but perhaps what I am most challenged by is the question of, "What do I want to grow into?"

Who will I be for the rest of my life?

Do you remember Jabba the Hutts pet? He cackled and squealed with delight when others were caught by the mobster alien. He loved to gloat. It just oozed out of him. 

When I see and hear others take that stance, it is like the yucky weeds and snails in my garden. It only brings destruction to the place of beauty my garden is meant to be.

Stop!


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Miss-Five Minute Friday

I read this week's prompt early this morning and set my timer for five minutes before letting the ink and my thoughts flow. Later in the day I saw a former neighbor of the apartment complex I used to live in. She informed me that one of the seniors in our complex passed away months ago. I didn't know until today. 

Thus I missed the service, I missed the opportunity to say good bye and I missed my last opportunity to bring him homemade banana bread around the holidays. Life was so hectic for me last December, I just didn't get to baking anything for anyone. I thought about baking for the new year and dropping by to visit Tony, my former neighbor, but again didn't get it. I missed it! It is done and I am reminded again to do things when I think of them and make more time for people.

Tony was a friendly WWII veteran in his late eighties or nineties, who loved to sun bathe and smoke big cigars. He also loved to help water the flowers I planted while I lived there. He was quite a character and I have missed his friendly spirit and just having someone to chat about the weather with. He loved to talk and help people when he could. He was a great security system as he kept track of everything and everybody. I am thankful for the time I knew him, his service to our country and his friendly spirit. Tonight I am missing an old neighbor, but I am also thinking of what flowed early this morning when I read this week's prompt. 

Here is what I came up with earlier:


Missed a spot

Go back and wipe it again

Missed or dodged a bullet

Could've been a close one

Miss a meeting or a birthday

Anyone can forget or overlook

Missing family

Dad's been gone over three years now

Miss the sunshine

Rain every darn day this week

Miss the hugs

Not everyone gives bear hugs like Dad

Miss long talks and cooking with a friend

She's been too busy to call or text

Miss Jesus with skin on

He died and ascended

His disciples never saw Him again

STOP

I pray that I will miss less opportunities and be able to prioritize better. Once someone is gone, they're gone.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Pass- My Five Minute Friday

This past week was challenging for me. There was one particularly hard day for me at work. Few noticed that something was bothering me except one student. When I opened the door to a classroom to walk in, he turned his head to see who it was and saw something in my face or eyes that caused him to ask, "Are you Ok?"  He noticed and he took the time to ask and show he was concerned. I was blessed by the small gesture and it taught me a lesson.  

Here is what I came up with for today's prompt.

Did you pass?

Is it really that cut and dry?

You've made it this far.

And this feeling of uneasiness,

Being in the dark will pass.

But don't be consumed in this place

Don't miss or pass up an opportunity

While you're waiting, waiting to find out.

Make the most of every minute,

every second because time passes all too quickly.

You will never pass this way again on this day,

this season, this hour.

You will never know, until you pass into eternity,

what truly counted that you did and what will

pass away with the wood and stubble.

STOP

Thank you, V, for being sensitive and observant to people. Good and bad days will come and go, but caring about the people we see and pass by will remain etched in their minds. We will all one day leave our troubles behind, but can always bring friends along with us for the ride. Thank God for people who need people and care!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Unite-Five Minute Friday

I don't seem to write much in only five minutes as it takes me time to think. I'm thankful it's not a contest of who can write the most in the least amount of time. For today's prompt different images came to mind. Perhaps this will inspire someone to do something different. All of us can become better and stronger when we unite.

Here is what I came up with for today............

like puzzle pieces that fit together

we complete the scene

not just one or two

but hundreds, thousands

all diverse, but made to interlock

and continue the story

it paints a masterpiece

plays an opus

each one carries a different note

blending harmony

many hands, many faces

much work made light

so it is with us


STOP

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Friday, April 15, 2016

It's Not Easy Being Me- My Five Minute Friday

Let me preface this by saying, I did not set the timer today. This took me longer than five! It made me think though and I hope it will encourage someone, somewhere, to be who they are meant to be. Blessings and peace!


It's not easy being me
Towering over like a tall, tall tree
Standing up and standing out
Everyone notices you whether you
want them to or not

It's not easy being me
Being over forty, no longer twenty
Needing glasses to drive, but not to read
My whole body changing, just not what
it used to be

It's not easy being me
Single and without children,
only an extended family
Eating not once or twice,
but many times alone
It's just not easy being me

But being tall makes things easier to reach
If I gain a few pounds, no matter
I can still look skinny

And growing older makes me wiser
I've slowed down and more often
take in the scene

Yet being single, well,
let me stop and think
Yes in this quiet I have more time
and space for that
I am thinking I could reach out more
and choose when and with whom to eat

I could wish to be shorter, younger or married
I could wish for many different things, but why wish,
when being taller and older is who I was made to be?
Being single and watching others has taught me
The grass is not always greener on sides facing me

Living is not meant to be easy.
It's meant to grow us up and teach us how to see
See with new eyes the life we are meant to lead.

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