Apr 122013
 

Five Minute Friday

#FiveMinuteFriday

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.

Today’s prompt: HEREHere I am

Confession: My five minutes lasted six minutes.

START:

Here:  We should be able to look around us and accurately describe where we are, what “here” means to us.

Often we can’t; our view is obscured or filtered. Continue reading »

Apr 062013
 

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.

After

What happens after the sunset?

Today’s prompt: AFTER

Today’s post provides evidence of what happens when you try to write about a serious topic without turning off the TV.

We think of “after” as in “before and after.” In HGTV terms, the “before” is cramped, out-moded, and undesirable. The “after” is a dream home. Continue reading »

Mar 292013
 

Five Minute Friday#FiveMinuteFriday

Broken….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.

Today’s prompt: BROKEN

Broken

Broken Reflection

It’s hard not to write about this prompt in terms of Good Friday. That’s obvious to me. We’re broken, yet can be made acceptable (perfect?) through the Resurrection.

But I won’t go there.

It’s a trap to think of people as broken. Continue reading »

Mar 222013
 

Five Minute Friday#FiveMinuteFriday

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.

Today’s prompt: Remember

Mom and baby smiling

A tender moment

Remembering is our strongest defense against our biggest enemy—time.

The moments slip away, loved ones pass away, and our kids move away. We can’t stop these from happening. What we can do is to drink in the moments as they happen, preserving them in our hearts in High Def. We can remember.

When we look back, we feel a twinge of regret for the times gone by, but with great gratitude and fondness for the moments themselves. We remember.

Sometimes, we worry so much that we won’t remember that we forget to “be” in the moment.

Cross-Country race

I have a picture of the start, but none of the finish.

I learned this by accident. When my son won his first cross-country meet, I stood at the finish line camera in hand. In the immediate aftermath, I was frustrated with myself for getting so excited that I forgot to raise the camera and hit the shutter button as he crossed the finish line. Now I’m glad I did. I have the memory of being immersed in the moment, celebrating his win. I remember his smile.

I remember.

© Laura Hedgecock 2013

Mar 152013
 

Today’s #FiveMinuteFriday Prompt: Rest

Sunset on St. Simon's Island is always conducive to rest.

Sunset on St. Simon’s Island is always conducive to rest.

Sleep restores our bodies; rest restores our brains and spirits. It’s what we need to re-group, re-ground, and re-start.

I’ve often wondered why God didn’t give our brains an off switch. (No hint of a lie—I even asked a psychologist once if she could help me figure out how to turn myself off.)  For me, rest isn’t just something I can sit down and do, but I can open myself up to it.

Rest comes in those treasured moments when I’m just being—enjoying life and those I love. Continue reading »

Mar 092013
 

Today’s #FiveMinuteFridayPrompt: Home

House or home?

House or home?

Though I’ve lived as long in my current house as the one I grew up in, my childhood home hasn’t been replaced.  It’s in another state, fourteen hours away, and houses strangers.  The neighboring houses are now likewise inhabited by strangers. It’s painful to drive by it; the reality of loss re-opens the holes in my heart.

But that house is still my home,  just as my current home is, because it is still the setting of my memories. It’s still the place where I became me. It’s still the place in which I wander in my dreams. It’s part of me.

Five Minute Friday

#FiveMinuteFriday

“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.

(c) Laura Hedgecock 2013