So I'm going to start participating in Five Minute Friday from Lisa Jo Baker's blog….if you are a blogger I would encourage you to as well! A good mind exercise for your Friday – nice to just sit and write – whatever comes out is what you go with!


Topic for the day is Present…I wish I could be more present.

I've read some really fascinating things about being present. The reality is the present is all that really exists – the right now. Any thought I have about my past is just my version of my past and my views. Uniquely my own make believe, really.

Any thought I have about my future is simply conjecture, hope, sometimes a little trepidation (see Kindergarten post).

I think that for me being present is the key to happiness. The ability to let go of any post regrets and focus on the here and now – that would be wonderful. And yet, even as I write that I am flooded by the amazing and inspiring memories I have of these last seven years with Greg and now the littles. How horrible would it be to never think of those memories. So there is some good to be had in the past. I certainly learned a lot that I bring with me to this very present moment.

As for the future – anticipation and goals are good – worry and fretting are not. But in any case – whether you are reliving good memories or anticipating awesome futures – you are missing the present moment. Life is the present. I will never retrieve these five minutes – but I can be glad that I was fully aware for each one of them. Writing to the ether, contemplating the joy of being present.

And now I'm off – to be present while I prepare for my, anticipated, date night!



“On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.

We love to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat.

Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt: Present.”

Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday


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