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Five Minute Friday…Present

I’m trying something new here. I’m linking up to Lisa-Jo’s weekly writing exercise Five Minute Friday. This is a stretch for me. You’ll see why.

5 minutes.

No editing.

Just writing.

One word prompt.


That’s it.

Let’s do this before I change my mind.

This week’s word: Present

Phot credit: JKMedia

Photo credit: JKMedia


The air around me feels still. The sounds are all around yet here I am in this moment closing it out. All of it. Or pretending. Because the thing is, I need this. Yes, it’s for me. And I even feel selfish, but the moment is mine. Even with everything going on around me. I’m taking it. This moment. This is my present. It’s not where I was. It’s not where I want to be. It’s just the now. Because that’s all I’ve got. And really, it can be taken from me at any moment. Any single moment.

And that terrifies me.

The thought of the present ending. The thought of losing out, losing it, losing control. Maybe if I clutch a little tighter it will be mine and I can stay here in this moment. But there are no guarantees. Maybe losing it is not even the scariest part.

Maybe missing it is.

The thought that I would be to wrapped up in the was or the will be for me to know what is.

I can’t afford to miss it.

I can’t bear the thought.

The price is too high.

If I lose the present, does the yesterday or tomorrow really matter?


Now it’s your turn! Head on over to Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog and give it a try. Do it for you. And while you’re there make sure to encourage someone else.

Enjoy the dance!

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11 Replies

  1. Welcome to FMF! I loved your thoughts about living in the present. It is a scary thing to take a chance and let go and hope things turn out right. Just remember if we don’t move past the present we will never do d out what the future holds!
    Thanks for sharing your heart!

  2. so great! I loved your words here. Great reminder to embrace the present!

  3. Very profound & deep. There have been many moments where I have wanted to “clutch a little tighter” so that I could stay…and others I have wanted to move past quickly. I guess that is the fairness of life…each of us are only given moments. Moments that we cannot keep but moments that are just for us.

    1. Love this idea of moments! thanks Ali

  4. So glad you joined in FMF. I liked your post.

  5. Great job for taking a chance and joining in FMF! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you all for the feedback! It means so much…you have given more encouragement than you know!

  7. I have these same fears and so I hold on. I hold on to every bit as well as I can. Even the tantrums bc I know they will pass and we will move on to something different. I never want to say, “Oops I missed it.”

    1. I couldn’t agree more! I remember someone telling me when my babies were little, “remind yourself: one day I’ll miss this.” I thought they were crazy! But I would say that in the moments I thought it couldn’t possibly be true. They could not have been more right! Happy moments!

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