Jun 292013

A Five Minute Friday Meditation:  In between

What’s in between the future and the past?

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: In BetweenLiving in between with kids

What do we most take for granted in our lives?
What’s in between the future and the past?
The NOW.

My hopes and prayers are focused on the future;
thinking about it sparks an untold number of anxieties and fears.

My pain, regret, joy, and thanksgiving are focused on my past.
I look at the past as my legacy. I preserve that legacy for the future.

With all the emotions running around in my heart, mind, and spirit for the past and future, it’s hard to have energy left for the in between–now.

In between past and present

It’s a tricky balance—preserving the past, planning for the future, and Living (with a capital L) in the moment.

The answer: Come as a child, not just before Christ, but before life itself. Drink it in with awe. Savor the moments. Absorb the wow’s.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” Henry David Thoreau

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  4 Responses to “In Between: Grasping at Now”

  1. Thank you for what you have shared – you have expressed it so beautifully!

  2. I like your take on the in between-now. It’s so easy to lose track of the now, the wonder of the present moment. Thanks for your Five Minutes.

  3. The “now” was the future and will soon be the past. Nice post!

  4. I completely agree! Sometimes we spend so much time fretting over the past, or the future, that we cannot live now.

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