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Five Minute Friday: Work

It’s Friday!  Time to link up with Kate Motaung and the FMF crew.

It’s been another busy week, after a busy holiday weekend, but it is nice to get past the stress of the August rush at work.

Speaking of work, this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is (you guessed it):  work.

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One of our greatest needs as humans is the need for meaningful work.
We need to do work that matters, that makes a difference.

Deprived of that, we become hamsters on a wheel: working to eat and eating to work.

Whether or not it’s paid work, we have to do something that fulfills our need to contribute and leaves the world better than when we found it.

If we get paid to do meaningful work, all the better.

But, without that touch, without that feeling of accomplishment, we despair.

We can’t live without the hope that our work matters.

Aside from relationship, it’s our most critical need.

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Five Minute Friday: Guide

It’s Friday!  Grateful to be digging out of the piles that accumulate during busy, stressful times. It’s been a good week.

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew.

Writing this week on the prompt word: guide.

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The first thing that comes to mind is Gandalf.

Then, a winding, disappearing path in the forest.

You can’t make it without Gandalf there to guide you. And sometimes, you can’t even see him.

The reality is that we don’t know the path ahead.

My good friend lost her husband to cancer in June. She didn’t know ten years ago or five years ago or even last year at this time what the path would look like today.

It’s hard to trust when you can’t see ahead. When you can’t even see the guide.

You are forced to bank on your rock solid beliefs: that God is there, that He is in control and that He is good.

Even when you can’t see the path.

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Five Minute Friday: Speak

It’s Friday!  Another stressful week at work, but I think we’re finally gaining traction.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community.

This week’s prompt is: speak

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I’ve often heard that one of the most common phobias is public speaking.

I get it.  There’s been a few times when I’ve actually wanted to speak, but most often I’m reticent.

I think if I had a burning passion that I wanted to communicate, it would be easier.

Actually, I have a lot of burning passions, but none that are focused and well-articulated.  Plus, they tend to migrate depending on what’s happening in my life and what’s influencing me at the moment.

Overall, I prefer written communication to spoken.  But, most speeches are written, so the mediums do overlap.

Fear to put your words out there transcends all forms of communications.

I’d say a percentage of that fear is healthy and keeps us from saying what we shouldn’t.  Most of it, though, is just a stumbling block that prevents us from connecting with people.

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Five Minute Friday: Place

It’s  Friday!  This has been a stressful week.  Glad to make it to Friday.

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the FMF crew, writing for five minutes prompted by a word.

This week’s prompt is place.

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Where is my place in this world?

The question needs to be answered by everyone, but it gets trickier for global nomads.

That longing for belonging feels harder to satisfy when you’ve already lived several different versions of yourself.

What is the essence of belonging?

I believe it is living in community.

And, to me, the essence of community is connection.

So, now, the question remains– how do I connect to others in community to find my place of belonging?

The way to do that is to search for kindred spirits and create connection, community and culture with them.

Sound like a tall order?

Maybe.

Or maybe you could just call it an retreat or reunion. That feels doable.

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Five Minute Friday: Try

Lately, Friday has been sneaking up on  me.

There’s been so much on my mind that I’ll be in the middle of writing my daily 500 words when it hits me:  it’s Friday!

This week has been particularly hard on the routines, which isn’t a bad thing for vacation.

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the FMF crew.

Today’s prompt is try.

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To me, try goes hand in hand with persistence.

It also goes hand in hand with courage. Trying often is proceeded by pep talks that work up the courage to take the plunge.

I remember sitting in the car once, working up the courage to walk into the office and hand in a resume. The job didn’t work out, but it felt good to face the fear and take the plunge. To do it scared.

It’s a tad disappointing to discover that as you get older, there’s still so many fears to overcome. So many chances to be brave. So many new hills still to climb.

In that way, it makes it good to flex the courage muscles.

They are always needed.

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OK, full disclosure:  I went over 5 minutes.

I wrote for 9 minutes (and I deleted my false start).

We’re on vacation this week, and I’m using my son’s computer, which doesn’t have a visible clock at the top like ours.

So, I could blame it on that.  Or, the desire I have to wrap things up and not leave them hanging, once I start a thought.  Plus the desire to crank something out in five minutes that’s worth reading.

I like the challenge of such a limited deadline.

But, I also want to post something worth reading.  Something I’m not embarrassed to promote.

Therein lies the dilemma.  And therein lies the temptation.

The temptation to look good.  Wow.  That’s a problem.  That’s a problem I struggle with daily.

So, since confession is good for the soul, now you know.

Hmm.  It’s hard to be vulnerable.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Five Minute Friday: Collect

Another Friday and another chance to link up with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

Five minutes of free writing on the prompt. Today’s word is collect.

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The first thing that comes to mind is sea shells.

Searching in the sand for the pretty ones. Cleaning them off, letting them dry, showing them off.

Then my mind turns to collecting friends– one of the very most valuable collections you can make.

Because when the work life is over, when positions and titles and budgets are stripped away, what remains are the relationships.

The investment you make in friendships pays dividends.

The friends you collect along the journey are the ones that help you get through the rough patches of road.

So many collections we can invest in. Why not collect friends?

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Five Minute Friday: Comfort

How can it be Friday again already?

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community.  Today’s word is comfort.

How do you comfort someone who has experienced great loss?

In the past few months, we walked with two families in the midst of their loss.

Sometimes there are no words.  Sometimes you sit without words and feel their pain.

Sometimes they want to talk.  Some words ease the pain a bit.  Sometimes a hug helps or the tears you shed that mirrors theirs.

At times like these, there lurks a fear.  The fear of saying the wrong thing, the fear of being inappropriate.  The fear of making their pain worse instead of easing it.

Pushing through the fear to show up, even if you say the wrong thing or unintentionally step on someone’s toes, is the right thing to do.

Showing up lets people know you care, even if you do it imperfectly.

Sitting with them in the middle of the pain is the best way I know to offer comfort.

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Five Minute Friday: Play

It’s Friday!  That means it’s time to link up with Kate Motaung and the FMF gang.

Today’s prompt is “play”

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Play is a child’s work.

It’s where a child can try on the Superman Cape or the Mommy’s apron.

It’s where her world is safe and she can abandon herself to the serious pursuit of imagination, oblivious to the sacrifices required to make that possible.

When we’ve grown up with that luxury, we make the sacrifices for the next generation to enjoy it as well, unfettered by the weight of adult responsibility.

It’s a gift to kids.

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Five Minute Friday: Blessing

It’s Friday!  (More exciting than usual because it proceeds a four day weekend for me.)

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew.

Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt is blessing.

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Today’s prompt reminds me of Rachel Cruz’s book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs.

I have to admit I didn’t read the whole book, but I paged through it and remember reading about the #blessed hashtag that people use on social media when they’re posting pictures of new houses, cars and vacations.

Once more, it comes down to heart issues. Are people trying to flaunt what they have to make others jealous? Maybe some are. There’s probably always mixed motives. The heart is deceptive, after all.

Sometimes, though, it’s genuine joy and happiness that people want to share. It’s our problem if we feel envious.

One thing to keep in mind, is everyone has their pain. It might be health issues or relationship problems. It might be financial, legal or job stress.

The pictures on social media never capture the entirety of someone’s life. The trick is to be grateful for the blessings of our own lives and not worry about those of others.

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Five Minute Friday: Steady

It’s Friday!  Linking up with Kate Motaung and Five Minute Friday.

This week’s prompt is: Steady

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There’s a lot in life that threatens to capsize our vessels.

A health crisis.  An unexpected death.

A wave of expenses that you’re unprepared for.

A relationship that crumbles and falls apart, leaving you dazed and hurt.

It’s tempting to just let life pull you under.

Without an Anchor, that’s exactly what happens.

I’ve seen it happen.

We have to drop the Anchor to stay steady and ride the waves to smoother sailing.

Taking time to regain perspective, to reaffirm belief.  To speak truth to ourselves, trusting the Anchor to hold us steady.

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